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. What must the philosopher, according to Socrates in Book VI, employ in order to attain knowledge of "absolute good"?
(a) Public opinion of theoretical subjects.
(b) Judgment against "absolute evil."
(c) Guessing and hoping he gets lucky.
(d) Hypotheses about what is good in the world.

2. How does Meno respond to Socrates' question: "Do bees differ as bees, because there are many different kinds of them; or, are they not rather to be distinguished by some other quality, as for example beauty, size, or shape?"
(a) "They're just bees. Who cares?"
(b) "I don't understand your question."
(c) "I should say that bees must differ from one another, as bees."
(d) "I should answer that bees do not differ from one another, as bees."

3. According to Socrates, woman can____________.
(a) Reach heaven more quickly than men.
(b) Lead the republic.
(c) Offer proof of the immortal soul.
(d) Hold any job than men can hold.

4. In Book V, what is the philosopher concerned with, according to Socrates?
(a) The afterlife.
(b) Justice, and only justice.
(c) Beautiful things.
(d) Absolute being.

5. In the then-present Greece, Socrates believes that __________.
(a) Sophists fill the role of philosophers.
(b) The rise of a philosopher-king, though desirable, is an impossible scenario.
(c) There are very few true philosophers.
(d) There are very many true philosophers.

Short Answer Questions

1. Complete the comparison: philosophers have wisdom whereas common men have _______

2. What does Socrates assert about his views of the ideal state?

3. How does Socrates refute Polemarchus' definition of justice?

4. According to Socrates, what happens when "one [is] mistaken in his judgment, and harms his friends, and helps his enemies, unknowingly"?

5. Who is Socrates walking with when he is stopped by a group of men urging him to come to Cephalus' house?

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