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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When first asked by Socrates to define virtue, Meno responds with which of the following?
(a) A vague unassuming definition which is accepted by Socrates.
(b) A question, asking Socrates if this is really worth his time.
(c) A theoretical ontology with ethical limitations on virtue.
(d) Examples of virtuous people with different lifestyles.

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

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

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

5. What does Socrates assert about his views of the ideal state?
(a) They are without flaw.
(b) They are based on insidious accusations against the current ruling power.
(c) They break certain established social norms.
(d) They will bring about the coming of a new empire.

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

7. What do Socrates' interlocutors object to in the beginning of Book V?
(a) All children and women should be shared (and raised) in common.
(b) They do not give Socrates any objections until later in the dialogue.
(c) All property would be owned by a family.
(d) Children must be born on the 7th of the month.

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

9. Why does Glaucon continue conversing with Socrates?
(a) Because he agrees with Socrates that injustice is better than justice.
(b) Because he is convinced he can win an argument against Socrates.
(c) Because he is provoked by Adeimantus to do so.
(d) Because he is not satisfied with Socrates' response to Thrasymachus.

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

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

12. Who is the surprise visitor to the symposium, and why does he come?
(a) Appolodorus comes because he is angry he wasn't invited.
(b) Alcibiades comes because he is drunk and wants to seduce Socrates.
(c) There is no surprise visitor.
(d) Aristotle arrives late because he traveled farther than the others.

13. How does Socrates defend the point that men and women are equal?
(a) Men need women to exist (and vice-versa), so man and woman are better regarded as parts of a whole rather than individuals.
(b) Though they have different external organs, their internal ones are similar.
(c) Though men are physically stronger, women are emotionally stronger.
(d) Though they have different natures, they can perform the same tasks.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What analogies does Socrates employ to refute Thrasymachus' position on justice?

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

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

4. Whose stories does Socrates think dangerous for the moral turpitude of his city's citizens?

5. Whose side is Adeimantus on, at least in the beginning of the dialogue?

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