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Multiple Choice Questions

1. To illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?
(a) Meno's wife.
(b) A nearby guard who speaks about virtuous people he knows.
(c) Plato to clarify Socrates' words for a perplexed Meno.
(d) A nearby slave boy to whom he teaches simple geometry.

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

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

4. When Ion admits to Socrates that he can only recite one poet's work well, Socrates is puzzled by which of the following?
(a) Ion's hesitation to answer questions about his family.
(b) Ion's desire to speak with Socrates about his work.
(c) How an artistic skill can be limited in its expertise.
(d) How Ion considers himself a philosopher.

5. What does Cephalus say to Socrates about old age?
(a) Aging takes the life out of one's body.
(b) Old age is the same as youth, it just depends on one's perspective.
(c) Most people think it is a curse, but one can enjoy freedom from youth's passions.
(d) Wisdom is not worth death.

6. In Socrates' ideal city, poets and soothsayers:
(a) Would lead religious ceremonies.
(b) Would not be allowed to speak falsely about the gods.
(c) Would be considered useless and expelled.
(d) Would be rich while the workers would be poor.

7. What is the major point of Aristophanes' speech?
(a) Everything eventually dies, so it is pointless to love anything.
(b) Love is as complicated and confusing as good poetry.
(c) Love is the desire for unity, because man and woman were once a unified being.
(d) Men loving woman is necessarily better than men loving men, because the former allows for procreation.

8. Complete the comparison: philosophers have wisdom whereas common men have _______
(a) Opinions.
(b) Judgment.
(c) Obligation.
(d) Expertise.

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

10. What poet is cited by Cephalus to explain the paradox of old age?
(a) Petrach.
(b) Homer.
(c) Shakespeare.
(d) Pindar.

11. Which of the following does Socrates reason about poetry?
(a) If poetry consists of statements which belong to other arts, then such "other arts" are actually one thing.
(b) A poem's content always belongs to the one who recites it.
(c) A poem's content cannot belong to the one who recites it.
(d) Poetry was not meant to be read aloud.

12. Why is Socrates worried about literature which contains wayward characters?
(a) Socrates hates fiction.
(b) He wants every story for have a moral.
(c) He thinks that people will imitate such characters.
(d) Socrates is not worried about such fictional characters.

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

14. In Socrates' ideal nation, literature which depicts the afterlife should depict it as___________.
(a) Mysterious.
(b) Negative.
(c) Foreboding.
(d) Positive.

15. To which other creative art does Socrates propose censorship?
(a) History.
(b) Mathematics.
(c) Dance.
(d) Music.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Socrates discuss Asclepius' philosophy?

2. In order to respond to Glaucon's objections, Socrates ___________________.

3. Who is the surprise visitor to the symposium, and why does he come?

4. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.

5. One virtue that Socrates constantly refers to in his reasoning throughout Book III is_____________.

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