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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Ion, Socrates concludes that Ion's ability to memorize poetry is which of the following?
(a) An art that he learned from others.
(b) Divinely inspired, just like the very poets whom Ion recites.
(c) Not proof that he knows what it actually means.
(d) Proof that he knows what it actually means.

2. In order to respond to Glaucon's objections, Socrates ___________________.
(a) Changes the subject completely.
(b) Posits an ideal city so that he might discover where justice comes from.
(c) Tries to find justice in animals before finding justice in humans.
(d) Analogizes justice to fine skills like woodworking and carpentry.

3. Why does Socrates speak about dogs and other animals to Glaucon?
(a) To establish grounds for a society in which people function like animals in a natural kingdom.
(b) Socrates likes animals more than people.
(c) In hopes of finding the source of virtue.
(d) In order to show, by analogy, that it is difficult albeit not impossible to have people who are both gentle and aggressive.

4. How does Socrates refute Polemarchus' definition of justice?
(a) Socrates shows Polemarchus that every man is intrinsically free, regardless of the law.
(b) Socrates shows Polemarchus that stealing from the rich is unjust.
(c) Socrates asserts that doing evil, even to an evil man, makes the doer unjust.
(d) Socrates reasons that it is impossible to determine what is fair in every situation.

5. 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.

6. Why does Glaucon continue conversing with Socrates?
(a) Because he is convinced he can win an argument against Socrates.
(b) Because he is provoked by Adeimantus to do so.
(c) Because he is not satisfied with Socrates' response to Thrasymachus.
(d) Because he agrees with Socrates that injustice is better than justice.

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

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

9. When he first meets Socrates, Meno asks the following question:
(a) Is justice necessarily a good thing?
(b) Where he can learn how to be a philosopher?
(c) How do we know if what we are seeing in the physical world actually exists?
(d) Is virtue taught, or is it inherent to good people?

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

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

12. Who is Eryximachus?
(a) The last speaker and surprise guest at the symposium.
(b) A doctor who argues that love is like a medicine curing life's ailments.
(c) A philosopher who attacks Pausanias' postion.
(d) A poet who argues that men and woman were once fused beings.

13. According to Socrates, the goal of his ideal city is__________________.
(a) To make a well-organized, perfect society.
(b) To ensure the happiness of a particular class.
(c) To find perfect knowledge.
(d) To conquer the world.

14. Who are the rulers in Socrates' republic?
(a) The warriors.
(b) The students.
(c) The philosophers.
(d) The doctors.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. One virtue that Socrates constantly refers to in his reasoning throughout Book III is_____________.

3. One large theme that permeates throughout Meno is:

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

5. Where is wisdom found in Socrates' ideal republic?

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