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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where is courage found in Socrates' republic?
(a) In the lawyers and judges who fight injustice.
(b) In the labors who toil in the sun.
(c) In the soldiers who fight for it.
(d) In the academics who strive for truth.

2. Socrates argues that laws are___________.
(a) Misguided because no one law holds true categorically.
(b) Affected by the flow of everyday life, and thus should not be formulated individually.
(c) Worthy formal pursuits.
(d) Rigid and static, unlike the people they control.

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

4. In the beginning of Book IV, Adeimantus ask Socrates__________________.
(a) Why the city's soldiers should be deprived of material happiness.
(b) When Socrates thinks it feasible for his city to exist.
(c) Why Socrates adopts such a strange view of medicine.
(d) Where Socrates plans to get resources to build his city.

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

6. What are the three social classes in the republic, according to Socrates?
(a) The working-class, the soldiers, and the rulers.
(b) The philosophers, the sophists, and the warriors.
(c) The rich, the poor, and the middle class.
(d) The leaders, the rebels, and everyone else.

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

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

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

10. What analogies does Socrates employ to refute Thrasymachus' position on justice?
(a) He compares the skill of a leader to the respective skills of a doctor, house-builder, and sailor.
(b) He compares a money-maker to a philosopher and a clergyman.
(c) He compares democracy to dictatorship and aristocracy.
(d) He compares justice to food, both nourishing the soul.

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

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

13. What are "the three"?
(a) The constitution of the city's government.
(b) The members of the dialogue.
(c) The diagram that Socrates uses to prove the soul is immortal.
(d) Religious temples in Socrates' ideal republic.

14. In Socrates' republic, judges must__________.
(a) Be good, but able to spot evil.
(b) Be fair and lax.
(c) Be fair and strict.
(d) Be completely removed from evil.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Socrates intends his imagined city to be taken as a symbolic model for__________.

4. According to Socrates' insinuation, artistic knowledge is characterized as which of the following?

5. When pressed by Socrates to explain his skill, Ion asserts which of the following?

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