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

2. How does Polemarchus define justice?
(a) Being fair in all contexts.
(b) Allowing each man to live his life freely.
(c) Doing good to one's friends and evil to one's enemies.
(d) Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.

3. How does Socrates refute Polemarchus' definition of justice?
(a) Socrates reasons that it is impossible to determine what is fair in every situation.
(b) Socrates shows Polemarchus that stealing from the rich is unjust.
(c) Socrates asserts that doing evil, even to an evil man, makes the doer unjust.
(d) Socrates shows Polemarchus that every man is intrinsically free, regardless of the law.

4. 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.

5. Which of the following does Socrates reason about poetry?
(a) If poetry consists of statements which belong to other arts, then such "other arts" are actually one thing.
(b) Poetry was not meant to be read aloud.
(c) A poem's content always belongs to the one who recites it.
(d) A poem's content cannot belong to the one who recites it.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Ion, Socrates is concerned primarily with which of the following?

2. Who is the surprise visitor to the symposium, and why does he come?

3. What does Socrates tell Ion about a person who can recite poetry well?

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

5. Who is Socrates walking with when he is stopped by a group of men urging him to come to Cephalus' house?

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