Great Dialogues Quiz | Eight Week Quiz E

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Book VII Socrates weaves an analogy suggesting that the common man is like________.
(a) A starving beast, desperate for food.
(b) A willow flapping in the wind.
(c) A chicken in a coop, about to be slaughtered.
(d) A prisoner in a cave looking at shadow puppets and thinking it's real life.

2. According to Socrates, to what does a true philosopher owe his life?
(a) His parents.
(b) The people.
(c) His God.
(d) The state.

3. When pressed by Socrates to explain his skill, Ion asserts which of the following?
(a) He is unqualified to comment on the artistic value of the his recitations.
(b) When he recites passage about military exploits he cannot tell if he does so with the candor of a general.
(c) Socrates should not be asking him questions.
(d) When he recites poetry he feels like the poet himself.

4. Who is the last person to leave the symposium?
(a) Appolodorus.
(b) Aristophenes.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Diotima.

5. Who is Asclepius?
(a) A philosopher who offers a competing argument.
(b) A tyrant who reigns over his people.
(c) A ruler who looks kindly among his subjects.
(d) A doctor who gave simple and quick treatments to his patients.

Short Answer Questions

1. Though Glaucon is primarily concerned about justice within the individual, Socrates first begins by analyzing __________.

2. To which other creative art does Socrates propose censorship?

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

4. Which of the following does Socrates reason about poetry?

5. When Ion admits to Socrates that he can only recite one poet's work well, Socrates is puzzled by which of the following?

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