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. What definition of virtue do Meno and Socrates borrow from "the poets"?
(a) Virtue is the unmoved mover of all things.
(b) Virtue is different for every person.
(c) Virtue is the desire and power to obtain good things.
(d) Virtue, like other abstract notions, resists our best attempts to define it.

2. What is a democracy?
(a) Rule by the military.
(b) Rule by the elite.
(c) Rule by the poor.
(d) Rule by the rich.

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

4. What are the soldiers of the republic explicitly forbidden to do, according to Socrates?
(a) Have sex with non-family members.
(b) Commit atrocities, such as enslavement and land-burning, against fellow Greeks.
(c) Execute war criminals.
(d) Take bribes.

5. Who says, at the very end of Book II, "I completely endorse these patterns, and I would enact them as laws"?
(a) Adeimantus.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Glaucon.
(d) Thrasymachus.

Short Answer Questions

1. Ultimately, Socrates concludes that justice is______________.

2. Socrates argues that laws are___________.

3. How does Socrates plan to keep the soldiers of the republic from fighting?

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

5. To illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?

(see the answer key)

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