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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Glaucon offers Socrates a proof that ____________________.
(a) A just life is better than a just one.
(b) Appearing unjust but actually being just is most desirable.
(c) An unjust lifestyle is more rewarding than a just one.
(d) Justice can't have a consistent definition.

2. How does Polemarchus define justice?
(a) Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.
(b) Allowing each man to live his life freely.
(c) Being fair in all contexts.
(d) Doing good to one's friends and evil to one's enemies.

3. In order to respond to Glaucon's objections, Socrates ___________________.
(a) Tries to find justice in animals before finding justice in humans.
(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) Changes the subject completely.

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

5. Who says, at the very end of Book II, "I completely endorse these patterns, and I would enact them as laws"?
(a) Glaucon.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Thrasymachus.
(d) Adeimantus.

6. In Ion, 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) Distinguishing how we know things artistically from how we know things inspirationally.
(d) Ion's secret relationship with Agathon.

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

8. Who is the surprise visitor to the symposium, and why does he come?
(a) Aristotle arrives late because he traveled farther than the others.
(b) There is no surprise visitor.
(c) Alcibiades comes because he is drunk and wants to seduce Socrates.
(d) Appolodorus comes because he is angry he wasn't invited.

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

10. When Socrates meets Ion, Ion has just returned from which of the following?
(a) Socrates' trial.
(b) A poetry recital contest in Epidarus.
(c) Agathon's drinking party.
(d) A game at the Coliseum.

11. In the beginning of Book IV, Adeimantus ask Socrates__________________.
(a) Where Socrates plans to get resources to build his city.
(b) When Socrates thinks it feasible for his city to exist.
(c) Why Socrates adopts such a strange view of medicine.
(d) Why the city's soldiers should be deprived of material happiness.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Dimotia characterize love?

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

3. Before Socrates delivers his speech, he cross- examines Agathon about which of the following?

4. To illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?

5. According to Socrates, the goal of his ideal city is__________________.

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