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. At whose house does the Symposium take place?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Phaedrus.
(c) Agathon.
(d) Alcidbides.

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

3. Who is the last person to leave the symposium?
(a) Aristophenes.
(b) Diotima.
(c) Appolodorus.
(d) Socrates.

4. Who is the character who narrates Symposium?
(a) Agathon.
(b) Appolodorus.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Alcibides.

5. What analogies does Socrates employ to refute Thrasymachus' position on justice?
(a) He compares democracy to dictatorship and aristocracy.
(b) He compares justice to food, both nourishing the soul.
(c) He compares the skill of a leader to the respective skills of a doctor, house-builder, and sailor.
(d) He compares a money-maker to a philosopher and a clergyman.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Socrates, what happens when "one [is] mistaken in his judgment, and harms his friends, and helps his enemies, unknowingly"?

2. From which poet does Polemarchus derive his definition of justice?

3. To understand Ion's poetically inspired spirit, Socrates employs a metaphor of which of the following?

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

5. How does Socrates refute Polemarchus' definition of justice?

(see the answer key)

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