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. Why does Glaucon continue conversing with Socrates?
(a) Because he is provoked by Adeimantus to do so.
(b) Because he is not satisfied with Socrates' response to Thrasymachus.
(c) Because he is convinced he can win an argument against Socrates.
(d) Because he agrees with Socrates that injustice is better than justice.

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

3. One large theme that permeates throughout Meno is:
(a) There can never be universal ethics.
(b) A proposition can only be deemed valid if it is testable in the empirical world.
(c) Non- virtuous people can still perform virtuous actions
(d) Learning is really a recollection of old knowledge.

4. Who is Eryximachus?
(a) A doctor who argues that love is like a medicine curing life's ailments.
(b) A philosopher who attacks Pausanias' postion.
(c) A poet who argues that men and woman were once fused beings.
(d) The last speaker and surprise guest at the symposium.

5. How does Dimotia characterize love?
(a) Curious and enigmatic, like the Gods.
(b) Crude and deceitful, like the desire for immortality.
(c) Beautiful and pure, like virtue or reason.
(d) Grounded and rational, like a mathematical equation.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Socrates' ideal city, poets and soothsayers:

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

3. Who is the surprise visitor to the symposium, and why does he come?

4. Who is the last person to leave the symposium?

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

(see the answer key)

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