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. Who gives the first speech at the symposium?
(a) Agathon.
(b) Eryximachus.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Phaedrus.

2. 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) A newly born start to explain how small and insignificant our world is in the greater picture.
(c) An eye attempting to see itself, explaining how our mental visions are limited by the bounds of our brain.
(d) A magnet to explain how a poet's inspiration moves from the muse to the audience.

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

4. Who is Eryximachus?
(a) A philosopher who attacks Pausanias' postion.
(b) A poet who argues that men and woman were once fused beings.
(c) The last speaker and surprise guest at the symposium.
(d) A doctor who argues that love is like a medicine curing life's ailments.

5. When Ion admits to Socrates that he can only recite one poet's work well, Socrates is puzzled by which of the following?
(a) How Ion considers himself a philosopher.
(b) Ion's desire to speak with Socrates about his work.
(c) Ion's hesitation to answer questions about his family.
(d) How an artistic skill can be limited in its expertise.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who said the following: "may not the art of which neither teachers nor disciples exist be assumed to be incapable of being taught?"

3. Who is the character who narrates Symposium?

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

5. When pressed by Socrates to explain his skill, Ion asserts which of the following?

(see the answer key)

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