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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why does Socrates discuss Asclepius' philosophy?
(a) His leadership is well established.
(b) His leadership is a good example of how <i>not</i> to lead.
(c) He has a practical approach of only treating patients whom he knows he can heal.
(d) He disagrees with Socrates about the ideal republic.

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

4. 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.

5. Before Socrates delivers his speech, he cross- examines Agathon about which of the following?
(a) Whether love is necessarily beautiful.
(b) How one can know that he is truly in love.
(c) Agathon's poetic license.
(d) Whether loves is necessarily possible.

6. What definition of virtue do Meno and Socrates borrow from "the poets"?
(a) Virtue is the unmoved mover of all things.
(b) Virtue is different for every person.
(c) Virtue is the desire and power to obtain good things.
(d) Virtue, like other abstract notions, resists our best attempts to define it.

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

8. 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.

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

10. When he first meets Socrates, Meno asks the following question:
(a) Is virtue taught, or is it inherent to good people?
(b) Is justice necessarily a good thing?
(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?

11. What does Socrates tell Ion about a person who can recite poetry well?
(a) Ion should memorize philosophy instead of poetry.
(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) Memorizing poetry is a way of balancing the soul.

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

13. How does Socrates refute Polemarchus' definition of justice?
(a) Socrates reasons that it is impossible to determine what is fair in every situation.
(b) Socrates asserts that doing evil, even to an evil man, makes the doer unjust.
(c) Socrates shows Polemarchus that every man is intrinsically free, regardless of the law.
(d) Socrates shows Polemarchus that stealing from the rich is unjust.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the character who narrates <i>Symposium</i>?

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

3. To understand Ion's poetically inspired spirit, Socrates employs a metaphor of which of the following?

4. Who is Glaucon?

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

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