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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.
(a) He can't follow Socrates' logic.
(b) He likes the Socratic method of reasoning.
(c) He hates Socrates and thinks Socrates is stupid.
(d) He chastizes Socrates for asking questions freely, but dodging them when he is asked a question himself.

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

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

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

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

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

8. In order to respond to Glaucon's objections, Socrates ___________________.
(a) Changes the subject completely.
(b) Posits an ideal city so that he might discover where justice comes from.
(c) Analogizes justice to fine skills like woodworking and carpentry.
(d) Tries to find justice in animals before finding justice in humans.

9. Who is Socrates walking with when he is stopped by a group of men urging him to come to Cephalus' house?
(a) Glaucon.
(b) Meno.
(c) Thrasymachus.
(d) Plato.

10. How does Meno respond to Socrates' question: "Do bees differ as bees, because there are many different kinds of them; or, are they not rather to be distinguished by some other quality, as for example beauty, size, or shape?"
(a) "I should answer that bees do not differ from one another, as bees."
(b) "They're just bees. Who cares?"
(c) "I don't understand your question."
(d) "I should say that bees must differ from one another, as bees."

11. To understand Ion's poetically inspired spirit, Socrates employs a metaphor of which of the following?
(a) An eye attempting to see itself, explaining how our mental visions are limited by the bounds of our brain.
(b) A magnet to explain how a poet's inspiration moves from the muse to the audience.
(c) A dying animal to explain how the sole individual is part of a significant collective.
(d) A newly born start to explain how small and insignificant our world is in the greater picture.

12. Whose stories does Socrates think dangerous for the moral turpitude of his city's citizens?
(a) Heretical poetry by Shakespeare and Ben Johnson.
(b) Aristotle's <i>Poetics</i>.
(c) Hesoid's <i>Theogeny</i>.
(d) Various works by Pindar.

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

14. Socrates argues that laws are___________.
(a) Worthy formal pursuits.
(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) Rigid and static, unlike the people they control.

15. In his first argument, Glaucon asserts that is better to __________.
(a) Be unjust than appear unjust.
(b) Appear just than actually be just.
(c) Appear unjust than actually be just.
(d) Be just than appear just.

Short Answer Questions

1. Toward the end of <i>Book IV</i> Socrates weaves an analogy between________________.

2. To which other creative art does Socrates propose censorship?

3. In Socrates' ideal city, poets and soothsayers:

4. From which poet does Polemarchus derive his definition of justice?

5. In <i>Book V</i>, Socrates admits which of the following about his republic?

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