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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Which of the following does Socrates reason about poetry?
(a) A poem's content always belongs to the one who recites it.
(b) A poem's content cannot belong to the one who recites it.
(c) If poetry consists of statements which belong to other arts, then such "other arts" are actually one thing.
(d) Poetry was not meant to be read aloud.

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

5. How does Dimotia characterize love?
(a) Grounded and rational, like a mathematical equation.
(b) Beautiful and pure, like virtue or reason.
(c) Crude and deceitful, like the desire for immortality.
(d) Curious and enigmatic, like the Gods.

6. Who gives the first speech at the symposium?
(a) Phaedrus.
(b) Agathon.
(c) Eryximachus.
(d) Socrates.

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

8. According to Socrates, what are the two ways of training the soul?
(a) Religion and philosophy.
(b) Conversation with oneself and with others.
(c) Physical exercise and literary education.
(d) Mediation and medicine.

9. Socrates concludes which of the following about virtue?
(a) If it is the same in everyone, then we should be able to define it.
(b) If it can be taught then it is knowledge.
(c) It cannot be taught and is therefore not knowledge.
(d) If it manifests differently in different people, than it cannot have one definition.

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

11. In the dialogue, Meno blames the confusion in his speech on which of the following?
(a) Socrates, because Socrates is not listening to Meno's points.
(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) Himself, because he does not think himself a good exemplar of what virtue is.

12. Who is Asclepius?
(a) A philosopher who offers a competing argument.
(b) A doctor who gave simple and quick treatments to his patients.
(c) A ruler who looks kindly among his subjects.
(d) A tyrant who reigns over his people.

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

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

15. Who is the character who narrates <i>Symposium</i>?
(a) Agathon.
(b) Appolodorus.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Alcibides.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Cephalus tends to his sacrifice, who immediately takes his place in conversation with Socrates?

2. Who gives the last formal speech at the symposium?

3. What does Cephalus say to Socrates about old age?

4. How does Thrasymachus first define justice?

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

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