Great Dialogues Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Republic: Book I.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Describe Meno's appearance and attitude when he meets Socrates.
(a) Middle- aged and curious.
(b) Young and handsome though impulsive and arrogant.
(c) Youthful, though ugly and shy.
(d) Old, thoughtful, and wise.

2. In Ion, Socrates is concerned primarily with which of the following?
(a) Distinguishing how we know things artistically from how we know things inspirationally.
(b) Ion's secret relationship with Agathon.
(c) Defining virtue by more than just examples of virtue.
(d) Proving that Ion is not as smart as he is.

3. One large theme that permeates throughout Meno is:
(a) Learning is really a recollection of old knowledge.
(b) Non- virtuous people can still perform virtuous actions
(c) A proposition can only be deemed valid if it is testable in the empirical world.
(d) There can never be universal ethics.

4. When Meno arrives in Athens, who is accompanying him?
(a) Nobody, he is alone.
(b) His wife.
(c) A small militia unit.
(d) A large group of slaves.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What analogies does Socrates employ to refute Thrasymachus' position on justice?

2. What does Cephalus say to Socrates about old age?

3. Who is the character who narrates Symposium?

4. What is the major point of Aristophanes' speech?

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

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