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

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

3. What analogies does Socrates employ to refute Thrasymachus' position on justice?
(a) He compares a money-maker to a philosopher and a clergyman.
(b) He compares justice to food, both nourishing the soul.
(c) He compares democracy to dictatorship and aristocracy.
(d) He compares the skill of a leader to the respective skills of a doctor, house-builder, and sailor.

4. What does Socrates tell Ion about a person who can recite poetry well?
(a) Only a person who understands a poem's meaning could be a good reciter.
(b) Memorizing poetry is a way of balancing the soul.
(c) Ion should memorize philosophy instead of poetry.
(d) Ion must not know the meaning of poetry if he just memorizes it.

5. In his first argument, Glaucon asserts that is better to __________.
(a) Appear just than actually be just.
(b) Be unjust than appear unjust.
(c) Be just than appear just.
(d) Appear unjust than actually be just.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Socrates speak about dogs and other animals to Glaucon?

2. Before Socrates delivers his speech, he cross- examines Agathon about which of the following?

3. In Ion, Socrates is concerned primarily with which of the following?

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

5. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.

(see the answer key)

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