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 Socrates rebut the definition of virtue offered by the poets?
(a) By showing Meno that all men desire good things, but that not all men are virtuous.
(b) By instructing Meno that it is impossible to have an abstract entity which moves other things but does not move itself.
(c) By giving Meno a solid definition of virtue.
(d) By proving to Meno that there are many commonly held virtues.

2. According to Socrates, how should a good philosopher rule?
(a) Not associate with politics.
(b) Rule, but unwillingly so.
(c) Never rule because absolute power corrupts absolutely.
(d) Rule, but willingly so.

3. What analogies does Socrates employ to refute Thrasymachus' position on justice?
(a) He compares justice to food, both nourishing the soul.
(b) He compares the skill of a leader to the respective skills of a doctor, house-builder, and sailor.
(c) He compares a money-maker to a philosopher and a clergyman.
(d) He compares democracy to dictatorship and aristocracy.

4. What is an oligarchy?
(a) Rule by the elite.
(b) Rule by the military.
(c) Rule by the poor.
(d) Rule by the rich.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Socrates in Book VII, to what should all philosophers aspire?

2. After a philosopher's formal education is complete in the Republic, what does Socrates' think is the next step in his training?

3. When he first meets Socrates, Meno asks the following question:

4. How does Socrates regard a democracy?

5. In Book VII Socrates weaves an analogy suggesting that the common man is like________.

(see the answer key)

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