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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How does Socrates rebut the definition of virtue offered by the poets?
(a) By showing Meno that all men desire good things, but that not all men are virtuous.
(b) By proving to Meno that there are many commonly held virtues.
(c) By giving Meno a solid definition of virtue.
(d) By instructing Meno that it is impossible to have an abstract entity which moves other things but does not move itself.

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

5. One large theme that permeates throughout Meno is:
(a) There can never be universal ethics.
(b) A proposition can only be deemed valid if it is testable in the empirical world.
(c) Learning is really a recollection of old knowledge.
(d) Non- virtuous people can still perform virtuous actions

6. Before Socrates delivers his speech, he cross- examines Agathon about which of the following?
(a) How one can know that he is truly in love.
(b) Whether loves is necessarily possible.
(c) Whether love is necessarily beautiful.
(d) Agathon's poetic license.

7. Why does Socrates discuss Asclepius' philosophy?
(a) He disagrees with Socrates about the ideal republic.
(b) His leadership is well established.
(c) He has a practical approach of only treating patients whom he knows he can heal.
(d) His leadership is a good example of how not to lead.

8. According to Socrates, what are the three parts of the soul?
(a) Rationality, spirit, and appetite.
(b) Hate, love, and desire.
(c) Thoughtfulness, mindfulness, and power.
(d) Goodness, badness, and curiosity.

9. In Ion, Socrates compares Ion to which of the following?
(a) Greek artists and sculptors.
(b) Plato.
(c) Religious prophets.
(d) Musicians.

10. When Meno arrives in Athens, who is accompanying him?
(a) Nobody, he is alone.
(b) His wife.
(c) A small militia unit.
(d) A large group of slaves.

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

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

13. Ultimately, Socrates concludes that justice is______________.
(a) Completely unknowable and therefore obsolete.
(b) Completely unknowable, but nevertheless necessary.
(c) A proper organization, balancing the various faculties of the soul.
(d) The power of the stronger.

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

15. According to Socrates, what are the two ways of training the soul?
(a) Mediation and medicine.
(b) Conversation with oneself and with others.
(c) Religion and philosophy.
(d) Physical exercise and literary education.

Short Answer Questions

1. What poet is cited by Cephalus to explain the paradox of old age?

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

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

4. How does Socrates defend the point that men and women are equal?

5. In Book V, Socrates admits which of the following about his republic?

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