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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Socrates' view of justice, a ruler should always:
(a) Put his own interest before those of his people.
(b) Foster a combination of fear and loyalty within his subjects.
(c) Strike injustice down with acts of injustice.
(d) Put the interests of his people before himself.

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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 newly born start to explain how small and insignificant our world is in the greater picture.
(c) A magnet to explain how a poet's inspiration moves from the muse to the audience.
(d) A dying animal to explain how the sole individual is part of a significant collective.

8. From which poet does Polemarchus derive his definition of justice?
(a) Aristophenes.
(b) Pindar.
(c) Simonides.
(d) Homer.

9. What are the soldiers of the republic explicitly forbidden to do, according to Socrates?
(a) Execute war criminals.
(b) Have sex with non-family members.
(c) Commit atrocities, such as enslavement and land-burning, against fellow Greeks.
(d) Take bribes.

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

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

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

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

14. According to Socrates' insinuation, artistic knowledge is characterized as which of the following?
(a) Subjective.
(b) Universal.
(c) Useless.
(d) Ironic.

15. What does Socrates assert about his views of the ideal state?
(a) They are without flaw.
(b) They will bring about the coming of a new empire.
(c) They are based on insidious accusations against the current ruling power.
(d) They break certain established social norms.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is courage found in Socrates' republic?

2. Socrates argues that laws are___________.

3. According to Socrates, what are the two ways of training the soul?

4. Which of the following does Socrates reason about Ion?

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

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