Great Dialogues Quiz | Eight Week Quiz F

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When first asked by Socrates to define virtue, Meno responds with which of the following?
(a) A question, asking Socrates if this is really worth his time.
(b) A vague unassuming definition which is accepted by Socrates.
(c) Examples of virtuous people with different lifestyles.
(d) A theoretical ontology with ethical limitations on virtue.

2. In order to respond to Glaucon's objections, Socrates ___________________.
(a) Posits an ideal city so that he might discover where justice comes from.
(b) Analogizes justice to fine skills like woodworking and carpentry.
(c) Changes the subject completely.
(d) Tries to find justice in animals before finding justice in humans.

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 a money-maker to a philosopher and a clergyman.
(c) He compares the skill of a leader to the respective skills of a doctor, house-builder, and sailor.
(d) He compares democracy to dictatorship and aristocracy.

4. How does Socrates defend the point that men and women are equal?
(a) Men need women to exist (and vice-versa), so man and woman are better regarded as parts of a whole rather than individuals.
(b) Though they have different external organs, their internal ones are similar.
(c) Though men are physically stronger, women are emotionally stronger.
(d) Though they have different natures, they can perform the same tasks.

5. What is the major point of Aristophanes' speech?
(a) Men loving woman is necessarily better than men loving men, because the former allows for procreation.
(b) Everything eventually dies, so it is pointless to love anything.
(c) Love is as complicated and confusing as good poetry.
(d) Love is the desire for unity, because man and woman were once a unified being.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which of the following ideas are not mentioned in <i>Book VI</i>?

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

4. What is an oligarchy?

5. What does Socrates assert about his views of the ideal state?

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