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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. If led by true philosophers, Socrates argues that the republic would__________________.
(a) Be the most powerful state in the world.
(b) Reflect the same perfect justice, beauty, and goodness of its leaders.
(c) Deal justly with foreigners.
(d) Not negotiate with other nations.

3. 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) Meno's wife.
(d) A nearby slave boy to whom he teaches simple geometry.

4. What is a symposium?
(a) An ancient restaurant.
(b) An all- night drinking party where various elite Greeks discuss the meaning of love.
(c) An outdoor gathering of philosophers near a nobleman's residence.
(d) A small club of Sophists.

5. How does Meno respond to Socrates' question: "Do bees differ as bees, because there are many different kinds of them; or, are they not rather to be distinguished by some other quality, as for example beauty, size, or shape?"
(a) "I should answer that bees do not differ from one another, as bees."
(b) "I should say that bees must differ from one another, as bees."
(c) "They're just bees. Who cares?"
(d) "I don't understand your question."

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Socrates, where would the republic's leaders live?

2. How does Socrates regard a timocracy?

3. According to Socrates in <i>Book VII</i>, to what should all philosophers aspire?

4. Why does Socrates speak about dogs and other animals to Glaucon?

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

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