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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Eryximachus?
(a) The last speaker and surprise guest at the symposium.
(b) A doctor who argues that love is like a medicine curing life's ailments.
(c) A philosopher who attacks Pausanias' postion.
(d) A poet who argues that men and woman were once fused beings.

2. When he first meets Socrates, Meno asks the following question:
(a) How do we know if what we are seeing in the physical world actually exists?
(b) Is virtue taught, or is it inherent to good people?
(c) Where he can learn how to be a philosopher?
(d) Is justice necessarily a good thing?

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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 the moral law.
(d) In Socrates, and others like him.

9. How does Polemarchus define justice?
(a) Doing good to one's friends and evil to one's enemies.
(b) Being fair in all contexts.
(c) Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.
(d) Allowing each man to live his life freely.

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

11. According to Socrates, the goal of his ideal city is__________________.
(a) To ensure the happiness of a particular class.
(b) To make a well-organized, perfect society.
(c) To find perfect knowledge.
(d) To conquer the world.

12. What counter-example does Socrates employ as evidence that a state is flawed?
(a) When innocent men are sentenced to death, a state is flawed.
(b) Diplomats make more money than labors in problematic regions.
(c) "Rich" soldiers in other cities make poor soldiers and poor leaders.
(d) Poor doctors exist where there are poor statesmen.

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

14. Toward the end of Book IV Socrates weaves an analogy between________________.
(a) The citizen and the king.
(b) The individual and the city.
(c) Father and son.
(d) Heaven and hell.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the character who narrates Symposium?

2. What does Socrates assert about his views of the ideal state?

3. What does Cephalus say to Socrates about old age?

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

5. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.

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