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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Socrates' ideal city, poets and soothsayers:
(a) Would not be allowed to speak falsely about the gods.
(b) Would be considered useless and expelled.
(c) Would lead religious ceremonies.
(d) Would be rich while the workers would be poor.

2. According to Socrates, where would the republic's leaders live?
(a) In the Academy.
(b) Among the citizens.
(c) In a palace in the country's largest city.
(d) Separately from the citizens.

3. Socrates concludes which of the following about virtue?
(a) If it can be taught then it is knowledge.
(b) It cannot be taught and is therefore not knowledge.
(c) If it is the same in everyone, then we should be able to define it.
(d) If it manifests differently in different people, than it cannot have one definition.

4. In Ion, Socrates concludes that Ion's ability to memorize poetry is which of the following?
(a) Divinely inspired, just like the very poets whom Ion recites.
(b) Not proof that he knows what it actually means.
(c) An art that he learned from others.
(d) Proof that he knows what it actually means.

5. In Ion, Socrates is concerned primarily with which of the following?
(a) Ion's secret relationship with Agathon.
(b) Proving that Ion is not as smart as he is.
(c) Distinguishing how we know things artistically from how we know things inspirationally.
(d) Defining virtue by more than just examples of virtue.

6. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.
(a) He can't follow Socrates' logic.
(b) He hates Socrates and thinks Socrates is stupid.
(c) He chastizes Socrates for asking questions freely, but dodging them when he is asked a question himself.
(d) He likes the Socratic method of reasoning.

7. Ion is renowned for his ability to recite which famous poet?
(a) Aristophanes.
(b) Shakespeare.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Homer.

8. When Ion admits to Socrates that he can only recite one poet's work well, Socrates is puzzled by which of the following?
(a) How an artistic skill can be limited in its expertise.
(b) Ion's desire to speak with Socrates about his work.
(c) How Ion considers himself a philosopher.
(d) Ion's hesitation to answer questions about his family.

9. Who is the last person to leave the symposium?
(a) Diotima.
(b) Aristophenes.
(c) Appolodorus.
(d) Socrates.

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

11. What do Socrates' interlocutors object to in the beginning of Book V?
(a) They do not give Socrates any objections until later in the dialogue.
(b) All children and women should be shared (and raised) in common.
(c) Children must be born on the 7th of the month.
(d) All property would be owned by a family.

12. Whose side is Adeimantus on, at least in the beginning of the dialogue?
(a) He has his own distinct position.
(b) He does not advocate his own position, and he is on neither Glaucon's nor Socrates' side.
(c) Glaucon's.
(d) Socrates'.

13. Who is the character who narrates Symposium?
(a) Alcibides.
(b) Appolodorus.
(c) Agathon.
(d) Socrates.

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

15. What poet is cited by Cephalus to explain the paradox of old age?
(a) Pindar.
(b) Shakespeare.
(c) Homer.
(d) Petrach.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the soldiers of the republic explicitly forbidden to do, according to Socrates?

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

3. From which poet does Polemarchus derive his definition of justice?

4. According to Socrates, what are the three parts of the soul?

5. Who are the rulers in Socrates' republic?

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