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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Ion is renowned for his ability to recite which famous poet?
(a) Shakespeare.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Homer.
(d) Aristophanes.

2. Who gives the first speech at the symposium?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Phaedrus.
(c) Agathon.
(d) Eryximachus.

3. In the dialogue, Meno blames the confusion in his speech on which of the following?
(a) Socrates, because Socrates is deliberately confusing Meno about a subject which Meno thought he knew.
(b) Himself, because he has not had ample time to prepare for a deep conversation.
(c) Himself, because he does not think himself a good exemplar of what virtue is.
(d) Socrates, because Socrates is not listening to Meno's points.

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

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

6. Who is Asclepius?
(a) A philosopher who offers a competing argument.
(b) A tyrant who reigns over his people.
(c) A ruler who looks kindly among his subjects.
(d) A doctor who gave simple and quick treatments to his patients.

7. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.
(a) He chastizes Socrates for asking questions freely, but dodging them when he is asked a question himself.
(b) He likes the Socratic method of reasoning.
(c) He can't follow Socrates' logic.
(d) He hates Socrates and thinks Socrates is stupid.

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

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

10. In order to respond to Glaucon's objections, Socrates ___________________.
(a) Analogizes justice to fine skills like woodworking and carpentry.
(b) Posits an ideal city so that he might discover where justice comes from.
(c) Tries to find justice in animals before finding justice in humans.
(d) Changes the subject completely.

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

12. Who is Socrates walking with when he is stopped by a group of men urging him to come to Cephalus' house?
(a) Plato.
(b) Meno.
(c) Glaucon.
(d) Thrasymachus.

13. In Ion, Socrates concludes that Ion's ability to memorize poetry is which of the following?
(a) Divinely inspired, just like the very poets whom Ion recites.
(b) An art that he learned from others.
(c) Proof that he knows what it actually means.
(d) Not proof that he knows what it actually means.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Eryximachus?

2. Before Socrates delivers his speech, he cross- examines Agathon about which of the following?

3. How does Socrates defend the point that men and women are equal?

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

5. What does Socrates tell Ion about a person who can recite poetry well?

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