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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Socrates claims that he learned about love from which of the following?
(a) Alcibides.
(b) Diotima.
(c) Meno.
(d) Plato.

3. According to Socrates, woman can____________.
(a) Lead the republic.
(b) Hold any job than men can hold.
(c) Offer proof of the immortal soul.
(d) Reach heaven more quickly than men.

4. Who is Asclepius?
(a) A ruler who looks kindly among his subjects.
(b) A tyrant who reigns over his people.
(c) A philosopher who offers a competing argument.
(d) A doctor who gave simple and quick treatments to his patients.

5. In his first argument, Glaucon asserts that is better to __________.
(a) Appear unjust than actually be just.
(b) Appear just than actually be just.
(c) Be unjust than appear unjust.
(d) Be just than appear just.

6. Toward the end of Book IV Socrates weaves an analogy between________________.
(a) The citizen and the king.
(b) The individual and the city.
(c) Father and son.
(d) Heaven and hell.

7. In Book V, Socrates admits which of the following about his republic?
(a) Though theoretically sound, such a city might not be actually possible.
(b) He hopes his city is built, just not in his lifetime.
(c) His city will rule the world.
(d) Many people would have to be brainwashed before they would live in such a city.

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

9. Where is wisdom found in Socrates' ideal republic?
(a) In the slaves who labor in it.
(b) In Socrates, and others like him.
(c) In those who rule and order it.
(d) In the moral law.

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

11. How are leaders chosen in Socrates' ideal republic?
(a) Every citizen would have equal access to political power.
(b) They would be elected by the common men.
(c) They would all be the soldiers in training who appeared to love their city more than most.
(d) The richest members of the republic will lead it.

12. Who gives the last formal speech at the symposium?
(a) Pausanias.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Agathon.
(d) Appolodorus.

13. From which poet does Polemarchus derive his definition of justice?
(a) Aristophenes.
(b) Simonides.
(c) Pindar.
(d) Homer.

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

15. Who is Eryximachus?
(a) A philosopher who attacks Pausanias' postion.
(b) A poet who argues that men and woman were once fused beings.
(c) A doctor who argues that love is like a medicine curing life's ailments.
(d) The last speaker and surprise guest at the symposium.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Glaucon continue conversing with Socrates?

2. By the end of Book IV Socrates has still not proved _______________.

3. Though Glaucon is primarily concerned about justice within the individual, Socrates first begins by analyzing __________.

4. In the beginning of Book IV, Adeimantus ask Socrates__________________.

5. Ultimately, Socrates concludes that justice is______________.

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