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. Which of the following does Socrates reason about Ion?
(a) Ion must be outside his mind when he recites poetry.
(b) Ion knows more than Socrates.
(c) Ion is sad when his crowds are sad and happy when his crowds are happy.
(d) Ion is a handsome, though misguided poet.

2. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.
(a) He can't follow Socrates' logic.
(b) He likes the Socratic method of reasoning.
(c) He chastizes Socrates for asking questions freely, but dodging them when he is asked a question himself.
(d) He hates Socrates and thinks Socrates is stupid.

3. When Ion admits to Socrates that he can only recite one poet's work well, Socrates is puzzled by which of the following?
(a) Ion's hesitation to answer questions about his family.
(b) How an artistic skill can be limited in its expertise.
(c) Ion's desire to speak with Socrates about his work.
(d) How Ion considers himself a philosopher.

4. Who is Socrates walking with when he is stopped by a group of men urging him to come to Cephalus' house?
(a) Plato.
(b) Meno.
(c) Glaucon.
(d) Thrasymachus.

5. How does Thrasymachus first define justice?
(a) "Making laws to one's own disadvantage."
(b) "Being impartial and unbiased in all decisions."
(c) "Nothing other than the advantage of the stronger."
(d) "Acting selflessly, so that the kingdom may prosper."

Short Answer Questions

1. From which poet does Polemarchus derive his definition of justice?

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

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

4. To understand Ion's poetically inspired spirit, Socrates employs a metaphor of which of the following?

5. When first asked by Socrates to define virtue, Meno responds with which of the following?

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