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. According to Socrates, what happens when "one [is] mistaken in his judgment, and harms his friends, and helps his enemies, unknowingly"?
(a) It doesn't matter; one would never do this.
(b) He is unjust.
(c) He is just.
(d) He claims to know justice, but doesn't.

2. When Meno arrives in Athens, who is accompanying him?
(a) Nobody, he is alone.
(b) A small militia unit.
(c) A large group of slaves.
(d) His wife.

3. When first asked by Socrates to define virtue, Meno responds with which of the following?
(a) A vague unassuming definition which is accepted by Socrates.
(b) Examples of virtuous people with different lifestyles.
(c) A theoretical ontology with ethical limitations on virtue.
(d) A question, asking Socrates if this is really worth his time.

4. What do Socrates' interlocutors object to in the beginning of Book V?
(a) Children must be born on the 7th of the month.
(b) They do not give Socrates any objections until later in the dialogue.
(c) All property would be owned by a family.
(d) All children and women should be shared (and raised) in common.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?

2. The common man is not concerned with beauty itself, but ___________.

3. What definition of virtue do Meno and Socrates borrow from "the poets"?

4. How does Thrasymachus first define justice?

5. To which other creative art does Socrates propose censorship?

(see the answer key)

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