Great Dialogues Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Socrates refute Polemarchus' definition of justice?
(a) Socrates shows Polemarchus that every man is intrinsically free, regardless of the law.
(b) Socrates shows Polemarchus that stealing from the rich is unjust.
(c) Socrates reasons that it is impossible to determine what is fair in every situation.
(d) Socrates asserts that doing evil, even to an evil man, makes the doer unjust.

2. From which poet does Polemarchus derive his definition of justice?
(a) Aristophenes.
(b) Homer.
(c) Simonides.
(d) Pindar.

3. When he first meets Socrates, Meno asks the following question:
(a) Is justice necessarily a good thing?
(b) Where he can learn how to be a philosopher?
(c) How do we know if what we are seeing in the physical world actually exists?
(d) Is virtue taught, or is it inherent to good people?

4. Socrates intends his imagined city to be taken as a symbolic model for__________.
(a) Collective consciousness.
(b) The individual soul.
(c) The natural animal kingdom.
(d) Justice personified.

5. In Ion, Socrates concludes that Ion's ability to memorize poetry is which of the following?
(a) Divinely inspired, just like the very poets whom Ion recites.
(b) Not proof that he knows what it actually means.
(c) Proof that he knows what it actually means.
(d) An art that he learned from others.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Cephalus tends to his sacrifice, who immediately takes his place in conversation with Socrates?

2. What analogies does Socrates employ to refute Thrasymachus' position on justice?

3. How does Socrates rebut the definition of virtue offered by the poets?

4. What is the major point of Aristophanes' speech?

5. Socrates claims that he learned about love from which of the following?

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