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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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) Memorizing poetry is a way of balancing the soul.
(c) Ion must not know the meaning of poetry if he just memorizes it.
(d) Ion should memorize philosophy instead of poetry.

7. In his first argument, Glaucon asserts that is better to __________.
(a) Appear unjust than actually be just.
(b) Appear just than actually be just.
(c) Be unjust than appear unjust.
(d) Be just than appear just.

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

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

10. What are the three social classes in the republic, according to Socrates?
(a) The rich, the poor, and the middle class.
(b) The working-class, the soldiers, and the rulers.
(c) The leaders, the rebels, and everyone else.
(d) The philosophers, the sophists, and the warriors.

11. According to Socrates, woman can____________.
(a) Reach heaven more quickly than men.
(b) Hold any job than men can hold.
(c) Lead the republic.
(d) Offer proof of the immortal soul.

12. According to Socrates' insinuation, artistic knowledge is characterized as which of the following?
(a) Ironic.
(b) Useless.
(c) Subjective.
(d) Universal.

13. How does Meno respond to Socrates' question: "Do bees differ as bees, because there are many different kinds of them; or, are they not rather to be distinguished by some other quality, as for example beauty, size, or shape?"
(a) "I don't understand your question."
(b) "They're just bees. Who cares?"
(c) "I should say that bees must differ from one another, as bees."
(d) "I should answer that bees do not differ from one another, as bees."

14. 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 men are physically stronger, women are emotionally stronger.
(c) Though they have different external organs, their internal ones are similar.
(d) Though they have different natures, they can perform the same tasks.

15. Who are the rulers in Socrates' republic?
(a) The philosophers.
(b) The warriors.
(c) The students.
(d) The doctors.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. One large theme that permeates throughout Meno is:

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

4. In Socrates' ideal nation, literature which depicts the afterlife should depict it as___________.

5. Toward the end of Book IV Socrates weaves an analogy between________________.

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