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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 must be outside his mind when he recites poetry.
(d) Ion is a handsome, though misguided poet.

2. 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) Himself, because he has not had ample time to prepare for a deep conversation.
(d) Socrates, because Socrates is not listening to Meno's points.

3. 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) True ones with only true elements
(c) False ones (myths) that are not grounded in any truth.
(d) False ones (myths), with a true element.

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

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

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 the desire and power to obtain good things.
(c) Virtue, like other abstract notions, resists our best attempts to define it.
(d) Virtue is different for every person.

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

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

9. Who is the last person to leave the symposium?
(a) Aristophenes.
(b) Appolodorus.
(c) Diotima.
(d) Socrates.

10. One large theme that permeates throughout Meno is:
(a) There can never be universal ethics.
(b) Learning is really a recollection of old knowledge.
(c) A proposition can only be deemed valid if it is testable in the empirical world.
(d) Non- virtuous people can still perform virtuous actions

11. In Book V, what is the philosopher concerned with, according to Socrates?
(a) Absolute being.
(b) Beautiful things.
(c) The afterlife.
(d) Justice, and only justice.

12. What analogies does Socrates employ to refute Thrasymachus' position on justice?
(a) He compares a money-maker to a philosopher and a clergyman.
(b) He compares democracy to dictatorship and aristocracy.
(c) He compares the skill of a leader to the respective skills of a doctor, house-builder, and sailor.
(d) He compares justice to food, both nourishing the soul.

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

14. In Republic: Book III, Socrates is first concerned with:
(a) Methods of practicing medicine.
(b) The corruption of the youth.
(c) The end of the world.
(d) A citizens' revolt.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Socrates, what happens when "one [is] mistaken in his judgment, and harms his friends, and helps his enemies, unknowingly"?

2. What does Socrates tell Ion about a person who can recite poetry well?

3. What do Socrates' interlocutors object to in the beginning of Book V?

4. Where is courage found in Socrates' republic?

5. In Ion, Socrates concludes that Ion's ability to memorize poetry is which of the following?

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