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. At whose house does the Symposium take place?
(a) Agathon.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Phaedrus.
(d) Alcidbides.

2. When he first meets Socrates, Meno asks the following question:
(a) Is virtue taught, or is it inherent to good people?
(b) How do we know if what we are seeing in the physical world actually exists?
(c) Is justice necessarily a good thing?
(d) Where he can learn how to be a philosopher?

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

4. Who is the character who narrates Symposium?
(a) Agathon.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Appolodorus.
(d) Alcibides.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. To understand Ion's poetically inspired spirit, Socrates employs a metaphor of which of the following?

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

3. Socrates claims that he learned about love from which of the following?

4. 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?"

5. What is a symposium?

(see the answer key)

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