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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the major point of Aristophanes' speech?
(a) Everything eventually dies, so it is pointless to love anything.
(b) Love is as complicated and confusing as good poetry.
(c) Love is the desire for unity, because man and woman were once a unified being.
(d) Men loving woman is necessarily better than men loving men, because the former allows for procreation.

2. According to Socrates, what happens when "one [is] mistaken in his judgment, and harms his friends, and helps his enemies, unknowingly"?
(a) He claims to know justice, but doesn't.
(b) He is unjust.
(c) He is just.
(d) It doesn't matter; one would never do this.

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

4. Though Glaucon is primarily concerned about justice within the individual, Socrates first begins by analyzing __________.
(a) Justice as it relates to an entire city's population.
(b) Glaucon's own virtue.
(c) Virtue as it is demanded of the city's leaders.
(d) Justice as it relates to a small family.

5. When Cephalus tends to his sacrifice, who immediately takes his place in conversation with Socrates?
(a) Polemarchus.
(b) Thrasymachus.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Glaucon.

6. Why is Socrates worried about literature which contains wayward characters?
(a) Socrates is not worried about such fictional characters.
(b) He thinks that people will imitate such characters.
(c) Socrates hates fiction.
(d) He wants every story for have a moral.

7. In Ion, Socrates is concerned primarily with which of the following?
(a) Proving that Ion is not as smart as he is.
(b) Ion's secret relationship with Agathon.
(c) Defining virtue by more than just examples of virtue.
(d) Distinguishing how we know things artistically from how we know things inspirationally.

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

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

10. Why does Socrates discuss Asclepius' philosophy?
(a) His leadership is a good example of how not 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.

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

12. When first asked by Socrates to define virtue, Meno responds with which of the following?
(a) A theoretical ontology with ethical limitations on virtue.
(b) Examples of virtuous people with different lifestyles.
(c) A vague unassuming definition which is accepted by Socrates.
(d) A question, asking Socrates if this is really worth his time.

13. According to Socrates' view of justice, a ruler should always:
(a) Put his own interest before those of his people.
(b) Foster a combination of fear and loyalty within his subjects.
(c) Strike injustice down with acts of injustice.
(d) Put the interests of his people before himself.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What definition of virtue do Meno and Socrates borrow from "the poets"?

2. When Meno arrives in Athens, who is accompanying him?

3. Which of the following does Socrates reason about poetry?

4. Who is the character who narrates Symposium?

5. What counter-example does Socrates employ as evidence that a state is flawed?

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