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

2. When Cephalus tends to his sacrifice, who immediately takes his place in conversation with Socrates?
(a) Glaucon.
(b) Aristotle.
(c) Thrasymachus.
(d) Polemarchus.

3. When Ion admits to Socrates that he can only recite one poet's work well, Socrates is puzzled by which of the following?
(a) Ion's hesitation to answer questions about his family.
(b) Ion's desire to speak with Socrates about his work.
(c) How an artistic skill can be limited in its expertise.
(d) How Ion considers himself a philosopher.

4. When first asked by Socrates to define virtue, Meno responds with which of the following?
(a) A question, asking Socrates if this is really worth his time.
(b) Examples of virtuous people with different lifestyles.
(c) A vague unassuming definition which is accepted by Socrates.
(d) A theoretical ontology with ethical limitations on virtue.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.

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

4. Who gives the first speech at the symposium?

5. Who is the last person to leave the symposium?

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