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

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

3. In order to respond to Glaucon's objections, Socrates ___________________.
(a) Tries to find justice in animals before finding justice in humans.
(b) Changes the subject completely.
(c) Analogizes justice to fine skills like woodworking and carpentry.
(d) Posits an ideal city so that he might discover where justice comes from.

4. In Ion, Socrates concludes that Ion's ability to memorize poetry is which of the following?
(a) Divinely inspired, just like the very poets whom Ion recites.
(b) Not proof that he knows what it actually means.
(c) An art that he learned from others.
(d) Proof that he knows what it actually means.

5. 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 Ion considers himself a philosopher.
(d) How an artistic skill can be limited in its expertise.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Socrates discuss Asclepius' philosophy?

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

3. When Cephalus tends to his sacrifice, who immediately takes his place in conversation with Socrates?

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

5. To illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?

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