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. When Socrates meets Ion, Ion has just returned from which of the following?
(a) Agathon's drinking party.
(b) A poetry recital contest in Epidarus.
(c) Socrates' trial.
(d) A game at the Coliseum.

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

3. Why does Socrates speak about dogs and other animals to Glaucon?
(a) In hopes of finding the source of virtue.
(b) In order to show, by analogy, that it is difficult albeit not impossible to have people who are both gentle and aggressive.
(c) Socrates likes animals more than people.
(d) To establish grounds for a society in which people function like animals in a natural kingdom.

4. Who is the surprise visitor to the symposium, and why does he come?
(a) Appolodorus comes because he is angry he wasn't invited.
(b) There is no surprise visitor.
(c) Aristotle arrives late because he traveled farther than the others.
(d) Alcibiades comes because he is drunk and wants to seduce Socrates.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In order to respond to Glaucon's objections, Socrates ___________________.

2. How does Socrates refute Polemarchus' definition of justice?

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

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

5. Who says, at the very end of Book II, "I completely endorse these patterns, and I would enact them as laws"?

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