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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Socrates' republic, judges must__________.
(a) Be fair and lax.
(b) Be completely removed from evil.
(c) Be good, but able to spot evil.
(d) Be fair and strict.

2. Socrates argues that laws are___________.
(a) Rigid and static, unlike the people they control.
(b) Worthy formal pursuits.
(c) Affected by the flow of everyday life, and thus should not be formulated individually.
(d) Misguided because no one law holds true categorically.

3. Who is Glaucon?
(a) Socrates' son.
(b) One of the interlocutors.
(c) The ideal solider.
(d) Not philosophically ambitious.

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

5. What are "the three"?
(a) The constitution of the city's government.
(b) The diagram that Socrates uses to prove the soul is immortal.
(c) Religious temples in Socrates' ideal republic.
(d) The members of the dialogue.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. When Ion admits to Socrates that he can only recite one poet's work well, Socrates is puzzled by which of the following?
(a) Ion's hesitation to answer questions about his family.
(b) How Ion considers himself a philosopher.
(c) How an artistic skill can be limited in its expertise.
(d) Ion's desire to speak with Socrates about his work.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Socrates concludes which of the following about virtue?

2. Who is Socrates walking with when he is stopped by a group of men urging him to come to Cephalus' house?

3. When Socrates meets Ion, Ion has just returned from which of the following?

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

5. One large theme that permeates throughout Meno is:

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