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

2. What is the major point of Aristophanes' speech?
(a) Love is the desire for unity, because man and woman were once a unified being.
(b) Everything eventually dies, so it is pointless to love anything.
(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.

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 instructing Meno that it is impossible to have an abstract entity which moves other things but does not move itself.
(d) By giving Meno a solid definition of virtue.

4. Socrates claims that he learned about love from which of the following?
(a) Diotima.
(b) Plato.
(c) Alcibides.
(d) Meno.

5. Before Socrates delivers his speech, he cross- examines Agathon about which of the following?
(a) Whether loves is necessarily possible.
(b) Whether love is necessarily beautiful.
(c) How one can know that he is truly in love.
(d) Agathon's poetic license.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who gives the last formal speech at the symposium?

3. At whose house does the Symposium take place?

4. When first asked by Socrates to define virtue, Meno responds with which of the following?

5. Who gives the first speech at the symposium?

(see the answer key)

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