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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Socrates plan to keep the soldiers of the republic from fighting?
(a) He trusts that anyone who becomes a solider would put his state before his personal emotions.
(b) Socrates does not have a measure for ensuring peace among the guardian-class.
(c) He reasons that if they make the most money, they will always be happy.
(d) He reasons that if they belonged to the same family, they would not fight.

3. Which demographic of the Athenian population does Socrates single out for discussion?
(a) The lawyers.
(b) The soldiers.
(c) The citizens.
(d) The sophists.

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

5. The common man is not concerned with beauty itself, but ___________.
(a) He is concerned for his soul.
(b) He is concerned with beautiful things.
(c) He is concerned with more abstract notions.
(d) He concerns himself with only practical matters.

6. In Book V, Socrates admits which of the following about his republic?
(a) He hopes his city is built, just not in his lifetime.
(b) Many people would have to be brainwashed before they would live in such a city.
(c) His city will rule the world.
(d) Though theoretically sound, such a city might not be actually possible.

7. What does Cephalus say to Socrates about old age?
(a) Aging takes the life out of one's body.
(b) Most people think it is a curse, but one can enjoy freedom from youth's passions.
(c) Old age is the same as youth, it just depends on one's perspective.
(d) Wisdom is not worth death.

8. According to Socrates, where would the republic's leaders live?
(a) Among the citizens.
(b) In the Academy.
(c) In a palace in the country's largest city.
(d) Separately from the citizens.

9. Socrates claims that he learned about love from which of the following?
(a) Plato.
(b) Meno.
(c) Diotima.
(d) Alcibides.

10. Who gives the last formal speech at the symposium?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Appolodorus.
(c) Pausanias.
(d) Agathon.

11. Which of the following does Socrates reason about poetry?
(a) Poetry was not meant to be read aloud.
(b) If poetry consists of statements which belong to other arts, then such "other arts" are actually one thing.
(c) A poem's content cannot belong to the one who recites it.
(d) A poem's content always belongs to the one who recites it.

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

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

14. In Socrates' ideal nation, literature which depicts the afterlife should depict it as___________.
(a) Foreboding.
(b) Positive.
(c) Mysterious.
(d) Negative.

15. At whose house does the Symposium take place?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Alcidbides.
(c) Agathon.
(d) Phaedrus.

Short Answer Questions

1. Socrates intends his imagined city to be taken as a symbolic model for__________.

2. Why does Socrates speak about dogs and other animals to Glaucon?

3. One large theme that permeates throughout Meno is:

4. What is a symposium?

5. Who says, at the very end of Book II, "I completely endorse these patterns, and I would enact them as laws"?

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