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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the character who narrates <i>Symposium</i>?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Alcibides.
(c) Agathon.
(d) Appolodorus.

2. What are the soldiers of the republic explicitly forbidden to do, according to Socrates?
(a) Commit atrocities, such as enslavement and land-burning, against fellow Greeks.
(b) Take bribes.
(c) Execute war criminals.
(d) Have sex with non-family members.

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Thrasymachus first define justice?
(a) "Nothing other than the advantage of the stronger."
(b) "Acting selflessly, so that the kingdom may prosper."
(c) "Being impartial and unbiased in all decisions."
(d) "Making laws to one's own disadvantage."

9. The common man is not concerned with beauty itself, but ___________.
(a) He is concerned with more abstract notions.
(b) He concerns himself with only practical matters.
(c) He is concerned with beautiful things.
(d) He is concerned for his soul.

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

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

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

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

14. Who is Glaucon?
(a) Not philosophically ambitious.
(b) Socrates' son.
(c) One of the interlocutors.
(d) The ideal solider.

15. Whose stories does Socrates think dangerous for the moral turpitude of his city's citizens?
(a) Various works by Pindar.
(b) Hesoid's <i>Theogeny</i>.
(c) Aristotle's <i>Poetics</i>.
(d) Heretical poetry by Shakespeare and Ben Johnson.

Short Answer Questions

1. When he first meets Socrates, Meno asks the following question:

2. When Cephalus tends to his sacrifice, who immediately takes his place in conversation with Socrates?

3. According to Socrates, what are the two ways of training the soul?

4. According to Socrates, what are the three parts of the soul?

5. When Socrates meets Ion, Ion has just returned from which of the following?

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