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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Complete the comparison: philosophers have wisdom whereas common men have _______
(a) Obligation.
(b) Judgment.
(c) Opinions.
(d) Expertise.

2. Glaucon offers Socrates a proof that ____________________.
(a) Appearing unjust but actually being just is most desirable.
(b) A just life is better than a just one.
(c) An unjust lifestyle is more rewarding than a just one.
(d) Justice can't have a consistent definition.

3. At whose house does the Symposium take place?
(a) Phaedrus.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Alcidbides.
(d) Agathon.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the character who narrates Symposium?

2. By the end of Book IV Socrates has still not proved _______________.

3. How does Dimotia characterize love?

4. What is the major point of Aristophanes' speech?

5. What are the soldiers of the republic explicitly forbidden to do, according to Socrates?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Thrasymachus like Socrates? Why or why not?

2. Whom does Socrates think is to be chosen to rule the city and why?

3. Explain the irony of the following statement as it relates to Ion: "Plato is the supreme enemy of art and is also the supreme artist."

4. What is Polemarchus main mistake in defining justice as "benefiting one's friends and harming one's enemies"?

5. Where, according to Socrates, does virtue reside? How does virtue relate to the dichotomy of opinion and knowledge?

6. What does Cephalus tell Socrates about the key to enjoying old age?

7. What is an art, according to Socrates?

8. What is the best way, according to Socrates, that people not be given false impressions about the gods?

9. Is The Republic only interested in individual justice?

10. Why does Socrates want to censor literature in his republic?

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