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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. The common man is not concerned with beauty itself, but ___________.
(a) He is concerned with more abstract notions.
(b) He is concerned for his soul.
(c) He is concerned with beautiful things.
(d) He concerns himself with only practical matters.

4. According to Socrates' view of justice, a ruler should always:
(a) Foster a combination of fear and loyalty within his subjects.
(b) Put the interests of his people before himself.
(c) Put his own interest before those of his people.
(d) Strike injustice down with acts of injustice.

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

6. Glaucon offers Socrates a proof that ____________________.
(a) A just life is better than a just one.
(b) An unjust lifestyle is more rewarding than a just one.
(c) Appearing unjust but actually being just is most desirable.
(d) Justice can't have a consistent definition.

7. Who are the rulers in Socrates' republic?
(a) The philosophers.
(b) The students.
(c) The doctors.
(d) The warriors.

8. By the end of Book IV Socrates has still not proved _______________.
(a) Justice manifests on earth.
(b) Justice is preferable to injustice.
(c) Courage comes from education and fear comes from ignorance.
(d) Laws affect the flow of life.

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

10. What counter-example does Socrates employ as evidence that a state is flawed?
(a) When innocent men are sentenced to death, a state is flawed.
(b) Diplomats make more money than labors in problematic regions.
(c) Poor doctors exist where there are poor statesmen.
(d) "Rich" soldiers in other cities make poor soldiers and poor leaders.

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

12. How does Socrates plan to keep the soldiers of the republic from fighting?
(a) Socrates does not have a measure for ensuring peace among the guardian-class.
(b) He reasons that if they belonged to the same family, they would not fight.
(c) He reasons that if they make the most money, they will always be happy.
(d) He trusts that anyone who becomes a solider would put his state before his personal emotions.

13. According to Socrates' insinuation, artistic knowledge is characterized as which of the following?
(a) Universal.
(b) Useless.
(c) Subjective.
(d) Ironic.

14. How does Dimotia characterize love?
(a) Curious and enigmatic, like the Gods.
(b) Grounded and rational, like a mathematical equation.
(c) Beautiful and pure, like virtue or reason.
(d) Crude and deceitful, like the desire for immortality.

15. Which of the following does Socrates reason about Ion?
(a) Ion is sad when his crowds are sad and happy when his crowds are happy.
(b) Ion must be outside his mind when he recites poetry.
(c) Ion is a handsome, though misguided poet.
(d) Ion knows more than Socrates.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Ion admits to Socrates that he can only recite one poet's work well, Socrates is puzzled by which of the following?

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

3. When first asked by Socrates to define virtue, Meno responds with which of the following?

4. In Ion, Socrates concludes that Ion's ability to memorize poetry is which of the following?

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

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