Great Dialogues Quiz | Eight Week Quiz D

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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. When Socrates meets Ion, Ion has just returned from which of the following?
(a) Agathon's drinking party.
(b) A game at the Coliseum.
(c) Socrates' trial.
(d) A poetry recital contest in Epidarus.

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

4. How does Dimotia characterize love?
(a) Beautiful and pure, like virtue or reason.
(b) Curious and enigmatic, like the Gods.
(c) Grounded and rational, like a mathematical equation.
(d) Crude and deceitful, like the desire for immortality.

5. How does Thrasymachus first define justice?
(a) "Making laws to one's own disadvantage."
(b) "Being impartial and unbiased in all decisions."
(c) "Acting selflessly, so that the kingdom may prosper."
(d) "Nothing other than the advantage of the stronger."

Short Answer Questions

1. What counter-example does Socrates employ as evidence that a state is flawed?

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

3. How does Socrates refute Polemarchus' definition of justice?

4. Who is Asclepius?

5. What are the three social classes in the republic, according to Socrates?

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