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 Cephalus tends to his sacrifice, who immediately takes his place in conversation with Socrates?
(a) Polemarchus.
(b) Thrasymachus.
(c) Glaucon.
(d) Aristotle.

2. What is the major point of Aristophanes' speech?
(a) Men loving woman is necessarily better than men loving men, because the former allows for procreation.
(b) Love is the desire for unity, because man and woman were once a unified being.
(c) Everything eventually dies, so it is pointless to love anything.
(d) Love is as complicated and confusing as good poetry.

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

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

5. According to Socrates' view of justice, a ruler should always:
(a) Strike injustice down with acts of injustice.
(b) Put the interests of his people before himself.
(c) Foster a combination of fear and loyalty within his subjects.
(d) Put his own interest before those of his people.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. In the dialogue, Meno blames the confusion in his speech on which of the following?

4. How does Socrates rebut the definition of virtue offered by the poets?

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

(see the answer key)

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