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

2. According to Socrates, what are the two ways of training the soul?
(a) Mediation and medicine.
(b) Physical exercise and literary education.
(c) Conversation with oneself and with others.
(d) Religion and philosophy.

3. How does Socrates rebut the definition of virtue offered by the poets?
(a) By giving Meno a solid definition of virtue.
(b) By showing Meno that all men desire good things, but that not all men are virtuous.
(c) By instructing Meno that it is impossible to have an abstract entity which moves other things but does not move itself.
(d) By proving to Meno that there are many commonly held virtues.

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) Proof that he knows what it actually means.
(c) An art that he learned from others.
(d) Not proof that he knows what it actually means.

5. In Ion, Socrates compares Ion to which of the following?
(a) Religious prophets.
(b) Plato.
(c) Musicians.
(d) Greek artists and sculptors.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In order to respond to Glaucon's objections, Socrates ___________________.

3. Which demographic of the Athenian population does Socrates single out for discussion?

4. What definition of virtue do Meno and Socrates borrow from "the poets"?

5. How does Polemarchus define justice?

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