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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 natures, they can perform the same tasks.
(c) Though men are physically stronger, women are emotionally stronger.
(d) Though they have different external organs, their internal ones are similar.

2. What does Socrates tell Ion about a person who can recite poetry well?
(a) Only a person who understands a poem's meaning could be a good reciter.
(b) Ion should memorize philosophy instead of poetry.
(c) Memorizing poetry is a way of balancing the soul.
(d) Ion must not know the meaning of poetry if he just memorizes it.

3. Though Glaucon is primarily concerned about justice within the individual, Socrates first begins by analyzing __________.
(a) Glaucon's own virtue.
(b) Justice as it relates to an entire city's population.
(c) Justice as it relates to a small family.
(d) Virtue as it is demanded of the city's leaders.

4. Who is Socrates walking with when he is stopped by a group of men urging him to come to Cephalus' house?
(a) Plato.
(b) Glaucon.
(c) Thrasymachus.
(d) Meno.

5. Socrates intends his imagined city to be taken as a symbolic model for__________.
(a) The individual soul.
(b) The natural animal kingdom.
(c) Justice personified.
(d) Collective consciousness.

6. Which demographic of the Athenian population does Socrates single out for discussion?
(a) The citizens.
(b) The lawyers.
(c) The sophists.
(d) The soldiers.

7. According to Socrates, what happens when "one [is] mistaken in his judgment, and harms his friends, and helps his enemies, unknowingly"?
(a) He is just.
(b) It doesn't matter; one would never do this.
(c) He claims to know justice, but doesn't.
(d) He is unjust.

8. Why does Socrates speak about dogs and other animals to Glaucon?
(a) In hopes of finding the source of virtue.
(b) Socrates likes animals more than people.
(c) To establish grounds for a society in which people function like animals in a natural kingdom.
(d) In order to show, by analogy, that it is difficult albeit not impossible to have people who are both gentle and aggressive.

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

10. At whose house does the Symposium take place?
(a) Agathon.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Phaedrus.
(d) Alcidbides.

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

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

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

14. According to Socrates, the goal of his ideal city is__________________.
(a) To make a well-organized, perfect society.
(b) To find perfect knowledge.
(c) To conquer the world.
(d) To ensure the happiness of a particular class.

15. Describe Meno's appearance and attitude when he meets Socrates.
(a) Youthful, though ugly and shy.
(b) Middle- aged and curious.
(c) Young and handsome though impulsive and arrogant.
(d) Old, thoughtful, and wise.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Socrates' view of justice, a ruler should always:

3. When Cephalus tends to his sacrifice, who immediately takes his place in conversation with Socrates?

4. Who said the following: "may not the art of which neither teachers nor disciples exist be assumed to be incapable of being taught?"

5. Whose side is Adeimantus on, at least in the beginning of the dialogue?

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