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. In the dialogue, Meno blames the confusion in his speech on which of the following?
(a) Himself, because he has not had ample time to prepare for a deep conversation.
(b) Himself, because he does not think himself a good exemplar of what virtue is.
(c) Socrates, because Socrates is not listening to Meno's points.
(d) Socrates, because Socrates is deliberately confusing Meno about a subject which Meno thought he knew.

2. Which of the following does Socrates reason about Ion?
(a) Ion knows more than Socrates.
(b) Ion is sad when his crowds are sad and happy when his crowds are happy.
(c) Ion is a handsome, though misguided poet.
(d) Ion must be outside his mind when he recites poetry.

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

4. When pressed by Socrates to explain his skill, Ion asserts which of the following?
(a) When he recites poetry he feels like the poet himself.
(b) When he recites passage about military exploits he cannot tell if he does so with the candor of a general.
(c) Socrates should not be asking him questions.
(d) He is unqualified to comment on the artistic value of the his recitations.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. To illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?

3. When Ion admits to Socrates that he can only recite one poet's work well, Socrates is puzzled by which of the following?

4. One large theme that permeates throughout Meno is:

5. According to Socrates' insinuation, artistic knowledge is characterized as which of the following?

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