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Multiple Choice Questions

1. By the end of Book IV Socrates has still not proved _______________.
(a) Justice is preferable to injustice.
(b) Courage comes from education and fear comes from ignorance.
(c) Justice manifests on earth.
(d) Laws affect the flow of life.

2. One large theme that permeates throughout Meno is:
(a) There can never be universal ethics.
(b) Learning is really a recollection of old knowledge.
(c) Non- virtuous people can still perform virtuous actions
(d) A proposition can only be deemed valid if it is testable in the empirical world.

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

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

5. Who said the following: "may not the art of which neither teachers nor disciples exist be assumed to be incapable of being taught?"
(a) The slave boy.
(b) Meno.
(c) Meno's wife.
(d) Socrates.

6. In Republic: Book III, Socrates is first concerned with:
(a) Methods of practicing medicine.
(b) The corruption of the youth.
(c) A citizens' revolt.
(d) The end of the world.

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

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

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

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

11. Describe Meno's appearance and attitude when he meets Socrates.
(a) Youthful, though ugly and shy.
(b) Old, thoughtful, and wise.
(c) Young and handsome though impulsive and arrogant.
(d) Middle- aged and curious.

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

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

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

15. What types of stories, according to Socrates, ought we to read to children when they are very young?
(a) False ones (myths) that are not grounded in any truth.
(b) True ones with false elements.
(c) True ones with only true elements
(d) False ones (myths), with a true element.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the surprise visitor to the symposium, and why does he come?

2. Complete the comparison: philosophers have wisdom whereas common men have _______

3. How does Socrates plan to keep the soldiers of the republic from fighting?

4. Socrates concludes which of the following about virtue?

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

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