Great Dialogues Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Republic: Book VI.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How are leaders chosen in Socrates' ideal republic?
(a) They would all be the soldiers in training who appeared to love their city more than most.
(b) Every citizen would have equal access to political power.
(c) The richest members of the republic will lead it.
(d) They would be elected by the common men.

2. How does Thrasymachus first define justice?
(a) "Acting selflessly, so that the kingdom may prosper."
(b) "Being impartial and unbiased in all decisions."
(c) "Making laws to one's own disadvantage."
(d) "Nothing other than the advantage of the stronger."

3. How does Polemarchus define justice?
(a) Doing good to one's friends and evil to one's enemies.
(b) Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.
(c) Allowing each man to live his life freely.
(d) Being fair in all contexts.

4. According to Socrates, where would the republic's leaders live?
(a) Separately from the citizens.
(b) In the Academy.
(c) In a palace in the country's largest city.
(d) Among the citizens.

5. What analogies does Socrates employ to refute Thrasymachus' position on justice?
(a) He compares justice to food, both nourishing the soul.
(b) He compares a money-maker to a philosopher and a clergyman.
(c) He compares the skill of a leader to the respective skills of a doctor, house-builder, and sailor.
(d) He compares democracy to dictatorship and aristocracy.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Socrates' ideal nation, literature which depicts the afterlife should depict it as___________.

2. How does Socrates plan to keep the soldiers of the republic from fighting?

3. According to Socrates' view of justice, a ruler should always:

4. In Republic: Book III, Socrates is first concerned with:

5. Socrates argues that the philosopher __________.

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