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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. To illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?
(a) A nearby guard who speaks about virtuous people he knows.
(b) Plato to clarify Socrates' words for a perplexed Meno.
(c) A nearby slave boy to whom he teaches simple geometry.
(d) Meno's wife.

4. In Socrates' ideal nation, literature which depicts the afterlife should depict it as___________.
(a) Mysterious.
(b) Positive.
(c) Negative.
(d) Foreboding.

5. What is a symposium?
(a) A small club of Sophists.
(b) An outdoor gathering of philosophers near a nobleman's residence.
(c) An ancient restaurant.
(d) An all- night drinking party where various elite Greeks discuss the meaning of love.

6. The common man is not concerned with beauty itself, but ___________.
(a) He is concerned for his soul.
(b) He is concerned with beautiful things.
(c) He is concerned with more abstract notions.
(d) He concerns himself with only practical matters.

7. To which other creative art does Socrates propose censorship?
(a) Music.
(b) Mathematics.
(c) Dance.
(d) History.

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

9. How does Socrates defend the point that men and women are equal?
(a) Though men are physically stronger, women are emotionally stronger.
(b) Though they have different natures, they can perform the same tasks.
(c) Though they have different external organs, their internal ones are similar.
(d) Men need women to exist (and vice-versa), so man and woman are better regarded as parts of a whole rather than individuals.

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

11. When pressed by Socrates to explain his skill, Ion asserts which of the following?
(a) When he recites poetry he feels like the poet himself.
(b) He is unqualified to comment on the artistic value of the his recitations.
(c) When he recites passage about military exploits he cannot tell if he does so with the candor of a general.
(d) Socrates should not be asking him questions.

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

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

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

15. Toward the end of Book IV Socrates weaves an analogy between________________.
(a) Father and son.
(b) Heaven and hell.
(c) The individual and the city.
(d) The citizen and the king.

Short Answer Questions

1. Glaucon offers Socrates a proof that ____________________.

2. Ultimately, Socrates concludes that justice is______________.

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

4. How does Dimotia characterize love?

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

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