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. Describe Meno's appearance and attitude when he meets Socrates.
(a) Middle- aged and curious.
(b) Old, thoughtful, and wise.
(c) Young and handsome though impulsive and arrogant.
(d) Youthful, though ugly and shy.

2. Which of the following does Socrates reason about poetry?
(a) A poem's content always belongs to the one who recites it.
(b) If poetry consists of statements which belong to other arts, then such "other arts" are actually one thing.
(c) A poem's content cannot belong to the one who recites it.
(d) Poetry was not meant to be read aloud.

3. How does Socrates refute Polemarchus' definition of justice?
(a) Socrates asserts that doing evil, even to an evil man, makes the doer unjust.
(b) Socrates shows Polemarchus that stealing from the rich is unjust.
(c) Socrates shows Polemarchus that every man is intrinsically free, regardless of the law.
(d) Socrates reasons that it is impossible to determine what is fair in every situation.

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. In <i>Ion</i>, Socrates is concerned primarily with which of the following?
(a) Distinguishing how we know things artistically from how we know things inspirationally.
(b) Ion's secret relationship with Agathon.
(c) Proving that Ion is not as smart as he is.
(d) Defining virtue by more than just examples of virtue.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a symposium?

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

3. According to Socrates, what happens when "one [is] mistaken in his judgment, and harms his friends, and helps his enemies, unknowingly"?

4. Though Glaucon is primarily concerned about justice within the individual, Socrates first begins by analyzing __________.

5. One large theme that permeates throughout <i>Meno</i> is:

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