Great Dialogues Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Republic: Book III.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How does Socrates rebut the definition of virtue offered by the poets?
(a) By proving to Meno that there are many commonly held virtues.
(b) By showing Meno that all men desire good things, but that not all men are virtuous.
(c) By giving Meno a solid definition of virtue.
(d) By instructing Meno that it is impossible to have an abstract entity which moves other things but does not move itself.

4. What does Cephalus say to Socrates about old age?
(a) Wisdom is not worth death.
(b) Aging takes the life out of one's body.
(c) Old age is the same as youth, it just depends on one's perspective.
(d) Most people think it is a curse, but one can enjoy freedom from youth's passions.

5. What definition of virtue do Meno and Socrates borrow from "the poets"?
(a) Virtue is the unmoved mover of all things.
(b) Virtue is different for every person.
(c) Virtue is the desire and power to obtain good things.
(d) Virtue, like other abstract notions, resists our best attempts to define it.

Short Answer Questions

1. In <i>Ion</i>, Socrates concludes that Ion's ability to memorize poetry is which of the following?

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

3. Who is the last person to leave the symposium?

4. According to Socrates' view of justice, a ruler should always:

5. What is a symposium?

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