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

2. To illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?
(a) A nearby guard who speaks about virtuous people he knows.
(b) A nearby slave boy to whom he teaches simple geometry.
(c) Meno's wife.
(d) Plato to clarify Socrates' words for a perplexed Meno.

3. What definition of virtue do Meno and Socrates borrow from "the poets"?
(a) Virtue is the unmoved mover of all things.
(b) Virtue, like other abstract notions, resists our best attempts to define it.
(c) Virtue is different for every person.
(d) Virtue is the desire and power to obtain good things.

4. What is the major point of Aristophanes' speech?
(a) Everything eventually dies, so it is pointless to love anything.
(b) Love is as complicated and confusing as good poetry.
(c) Love is the desire for unity, because man and woman were once a unified being.
(d) Men loving woman is necessarily better than men loving men, because the former allows for procreation.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Ion, Socrates compares Ion to which of the following?

3. Whose side is Adeimantus on, at least in the beginning of the dialogue?

4. What does Cephalus say to Socrates about old age?

5. What is a symposium?

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