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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In Ion, Socrates compares Ion to which of the following?
(a) Religious prophets.
(b) Plato.
(c) Greek artists and sculptors.
(d) Musicians.

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

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

5. Why does Glaucon continue conversing with Socrates?
(a) Because he is provoked by Adeimantus to do so.
(b) Because he is convinced he can win an argument against Socrates.
(c) Because he is not satisfied with Socrates' response to Thrasymachus.
(d) Because he agrees with Socrates that injustice is better than justice.

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

7. When Meno arrives in Athens, who is accompanying him?
(a) Nobody, he is alone.
(b) A large group of slaves.
(c) A small militia unit.
(d) His wife.

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

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

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

11. 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) Proof that he knows what it actually means.
(c) Not proof that he knows what it actually means.
(d) An art that he learned from others.

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

13. Glaucon offers Socrates a proof that ____________________.
(a) Justice can't have a consistent definition.
(b) Appearing unjust but actually being just is most desirable.
(c) An unjust lifestyle is more rewarding than a just one.
(d) A just life is better than a just one.

14. When he first meets Socrates, Meno asks the following question:
(a) Is justice necessarily a good thing?
(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) Where he can learn how to be a philosopher?

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Thrasymachus first define justice?

2. Where is courage found in Socrates' republic?

3. Whose side is Adeimantus on, at least in the beginning of the dialogue?

4. Who gives the first speech at the symposium?

5. Why does Socrates discuss Asclepius' philosophy?

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