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. Ion is renowned for his ability to recite which famous poet?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Aristophanes.
(c) Shakespeare.
(d) Homer.

2. According to Socrates, what happens when "one [is] mistaken in his judgment, and harms his friends, and helps his enemies, unknowingly"?
(a) He claims to know justice, but doesn't.
(b) He is just.
(c) He is unjust.
(d) It doesn't matter; one would never do this.

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

4. To illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?
(a) A nearby slave boy to whom he teaches simple geometry.
(b) Plato to clarify Socrates' words for a perplexed Meno.
(c) Meno's wife.
(d) A nearby guard who speaks about virtuous people he knows.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What poet is cited by Cephalus to explain the paradox of old age?

2. What definition of virtue do Meno and Socrates borrow from "the poets"?

3. In Ion, Socrates compares Ion to which of the following?

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

5. How does Socrates rebut the definition of virtue offered by the poets?

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