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

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

3. 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.

4. Why does Socrates discuss Asclepius' philosophy?
(a) His leadership is a good example of how <i>not</i> to lead.
(b) He has a practical approach of only treating patients whom he knows he can heal.
(c) His leadership is well established.
(d) He disagrees with Socrates about the ideal republic.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Socrates intends his imagined city to be taken as a symbolic model for__________.

2. Complete the comparison: philosophers have wisdom whereas common men have _______

3. Before Socrates delivers his speech, he cross- examines Agathon about which of the following?

4. What definition of virtue do Meno and Socrates borrow from "the poets"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Meno's definition of virtue unsatisfactory for Socrates?

2. What is justice, according to Socrates?

3. What is the purpose of Aristophanes' myth about men and women once being unified and then split apart? How does he end his story?

4. What objection does Cebes raise about Socrates view on death?

5. How is Meno an example of indirect teaching? How does Plato corroborate his own theory of learning as recollection?

6. Describe Crito's and Socrates' relationship. Why is this important to the dialogue?

7. How does Socrates use metaphors to explain Ion's inspiration? How does this relate to the practice of art or philosophy?

8. Characterize the nature of Socrates' speech in his own defense.

9. How does Socrates argue that it is unlawful to break out of prison?

10. What does Glaucon argue for?

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