Great Dialogues Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is a symposium?
(a) A small club of Sophists.
(b) An all- night drinking party where various elite Greeks discuss the meaning of love.
(c) An outdoor gathering of philosophers near a nobleman's residence.
(d) An ancient restaurant.

2. Socrates concludes which of the following about virtue?
(a) If it is the same in everyone, then we should be able to define it.
(b) It cannot be taught and is therefore not knowledge.
(c) If it manifests differently in different people, than it cannot have one definition.
(d) If it can be taught then it is knowledge.

3. According to Socrates' view of justice, a ruler should always:
(a) Put his own interest before those of his people.
(b) Strike injustice down with acts of injustice.
(c) Foster a combination of fear and loyalty within his subjects.
(d) Put the interests of his people before himself.

4. Who gives the first speech at the symposium?
(a) Eryximachus.
(b) Agathon.
(c) Phaedrus.
(d) Socrates.

5. When pressed by Socrates to explain his skill, Ion asserts which of the following?
(a) Socrates should not be asking him questions.
(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) When he recites passage about military exploits he cannot tell if he does so with the candor of a general.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Thrasymachus first define justice?

2. In Socrates' ideal nation, literature which depicts the afterlife should depict it as___________.

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

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

5. Why does Socrates speak about dogs and other animals to Glaucon?

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