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

2. When he first meets Socrates, Meno asks the following question:
(a) Is virtue taught, or is it inherent to good people?
(b) Where he can learn how to be a philosopher?
(c) How do we know if what we are seeing in the physical world actually exists?
(d) Is justice necessarily a good thing?

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

4. How does Socrates regard an oligarchy?
(a) Socrates claims that oligarchy is dangerous because it often leads to an impoverished public.
(b) Socrates thinks that class divisions are crucial to the success of an oligarchy.
(c) Socrates thinks that oligarchy is the best form of government in all cases.
(d) Socrates asserts that an oligarchy is worse than a democracy.

5. In Republic: Book III, Socrates is first concerned with:
(a) A citizens' revolt.
(b) Methods of practicing medicine.
(c) The corruption of the youth.
(d) The end of the world.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In his first argument, Glaucon asserts that is better to __________.

3. According to Socrates, woman can____________.

4. According to Socrates' insinuation, artistic knowledge is characterized as which of the following?

5. Who is the surprise visitor to the symposium, and why does he come?

(see the answer key)

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