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. To understand Ion's poetically inspired spirit, Socrates employs a metaphor of which of the following?
(a) An eye attempting to see itself, explaining how our mental visions are limited by the bounds of our brain.
(b) A dying animal to explain how the sole individual is part of a significant collective.
(c) A newly born start to explain how small and insignificant our world is in the greater picture.
(d) A magnet to explain how a poet's inspiration moves from the muse to the audience.

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

3. In the dialogue, Meno blames the confusion in his speech on which of the following?
(a) Himself, because he has not had ample time to prepare for a deep conversation.
(b) Socrates, because Socrates is deliberately confusing Meno about a subject which Meno thought he knew.
(c) Himself, because he does not think himself a good exemplar of what virtue is.
(d) Socrates, because Socrates is not listening to Meno's points.

4. In Socrates' republic, judges must__________.
(a) Be fair and strict.
(b) Be completely removed from evil.
(c) Be fair and lax.
(d) Be good, but able to spot evil.

5. Socrates intends his imagined city to be taken as a symbolic model for__________.
(a) The individual soul.
(b) Collective consciousness.
(c) The natural animal kingdom.
(d) Justice personified.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Socrates, where would the republic's leaders live?

2. How does Socrates rebut the definition of virtue offered by the poets?

3. When first asked by Socrates to define virtue, Meno responds with which of the following?

4. Whose stories does Socrates think dangerous for the moral turpitude of his city's citizens?

5. When Meno arrives in Athens, who is accompanying him?

(see the answer key)

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