Great Dialogues Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Symposium.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When first asked by Socrates to define virtue, Meno responds with which of the following?
(a) A theoretical ontology with ethical limitations on virtue.
(b) A question, asking Socrates if this is really worth his time.
(c) A vague unassuming definition which is accepted by Socrates.
(d) Examples of virtuous people with different lifestyles.

2. In Ion, Socrates concludes that Ion's ability to memorize poetry is which of the following?
(a) Not proof that he knows what it actually means.
(b) An art that he learned from others.
(c) Proof that he knows what it actually means.
(d) Divinely inspired, just like the very poets whom Ion recites.

3. How does Meno respond to Socrates' question: "Do bees differ as bees, because there are many different kinds of them; or, are they not rather to be distinguished by some other quality, as for example beauty, size, or shape?"
(a) "I should say that bees must differ from one another, as bees."
(b) "They're just bees. Who cares?"
(c) "I should answer that bees do not differ from one another, as bees."
(d) "I don't understand your question."

4. Who said the following: "may not the art of which neither teachers nor disciples exist be assumed to be incapable of being taught?"
(a) Meno.
(b) Meno's wife.
(c) The slave boy.
(d) Socrates.

5. To understand Ion's poetically inspired spirit, Socrates employs a metaphor of which of the following?
(a) A dying animal to explain how the sole individual is part of a significant collective.
(b) An eye attempting to see itself, explaining how our mental visions are limited by the bounds of our brain.
(c) A newly born start to explain how small and insignificant our world is in the greater picture.
(d) A magnet to explain how a poet's inspiration moves from the muse to the audience.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Socrates tell Ion about a person who can recite poetry well?

2. Who is the surprise visitor to the symposium, and why does he come?

3. When Socrates meets Ion, Ion has just returned from which of the following?

4. Which of the following does Socrates reason about Ion?

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

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