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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. According to Socrates, woman can____________.
(a) Reach heaven more quickly than men.
(b) Hold any job than men can hold.
(c) Offer proof of the immortal soul.
(d) Lead the republic.

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

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

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

5. Who is the last person to leave the symposium?
(a) Appolodorus.
(b) Diotima.
(c) Aristophenes.
(d) Socrates.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Socrates worried about literature which contains wayward characters?

2. One large theme that permeates throughout Meno is:

3. How does Socrates rebut the definition of virtue offered by the poets?

4. How does Socrates defend the point that men and women are equal?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Is The Republic only interested in individual justice?

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

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 does Diotima teach Socrates about love? How does this compare to Aristophanes' view?

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

6. How should soldiers, according to Socrates, be trained in the ideal republic?

7. Does Socrates believe that his theoretical republic is a realistic political plan for a city?

8. What does Glaucon argue for?

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

10. What is Socrates ultimate conclusion about the function of justice?

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