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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why does Socrates speak about dogs and other animals to Glaucon?
(a) In hopes of finding the source of virtue.
(b) In order to show, by analogy, that it is difficult albeit not impossible to have people who are both gentle and aggressive.
(c) Socrates likes animals more than people.
(d) To establish grounds for a society in which people function like animals in a natural kingdom.

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

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

5. Who is the character who narrates Symposium?
(a) Appolodorus.
(b) Agathon.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Alcibides.

6. 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) All property would be owned by a family.
(c) They do not give Socrates any objections until later in the dialogue.
(d) Children must be born on the 7th of the month.

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

8. Which demographic of the Athenian population does Socrates single out for discussion?
(a) The sophists.
(b) The lawyers.
(c) The soldiers.
(d) The citizens.

9. In Book V, what is the philosopher concerned with, according to Socrates?
(a) Absolute being.
(b) The afterlife.
(c) Beautiful things.
(d) Justice, and only justice.

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

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

12. Who says, at the very end of Book II, "I completely endorse these patterns, and I would enact them as laws"?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Glaucon.
(c) Adeimantus.
(d) Thrasymachus.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Socrates walking with when he is stopped by a group of men urging him to come to Cephalus' house?

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

3. In Ion, Socrates compares Ion to which of the following?

4. What counter-example does Socrates employ as evidence that a state is flawed?

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

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