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 illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?
(a) A nearby guard who speaks about virtuous people he knows.
(b) Plato to clarify Socrates' words for a perplexed Meno.
(c) A nearby slave boy to whom he teaches simple geometry.
(d) Meno's wife.

2. In Socrates' ideal nation, literature which depicts the afterlife should depict it as___________.
(a) Negative.
(b) Foreboding.
(c) Positive.
(d) Mysterious.

3. One large theme that permeates throughout Meno is:
(a) Learning is really a recollection of old knowledge.
(b) There can never be universal ethics.
(c) Non- virtuous people can still perform virtuous actions
(d) A proposition can only be deemed valid if it is testable in the empirical world.

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

5. According to Socrates, where would the republic's leaders live?
(a) In a palace in the country's largest city.
(b) Separately from the citizens.
(c) In the Academy.
(d) Among the citizens.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How are leaders chosen in Socrates' ideal republic?

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

5. In Socrates' republic, judges must__________.

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