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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 gives the last formal speech at the symposium?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Appolodorus.
(c) Agathon.
(d) Pausanias.

2. What are "the three"?
(a) The diagram that Socrates uses to prove the soul is immortal.
(b) The members of the dialogue.
(c) The constitution of the city's government.
(d) Religious temples in Socrates' ideal republic.

3. What definition of virtue do Meno and Socrates borrow from "the poets"?
(a) Virtue, like other abstract notions, resists our best attempts to define it.
(b) Virtue is the unmoved mover of all things.
(c) Virtue is the desire and power to obtain good things.
(d) Virtue is different for every person.

4. 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.

5. According to Socrates' view of justice, a ruler should always:
(a) Put his own interest before those of his people.
(b) Put the interests of his people before himself.
(c) Foster a combination of fear and loyalty within his subjects.
(d) Strike injustice down with acts of injustice.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose side is Adeimantus on, at least in the beginning of the dialogue?

2. In Socrates' ideal city, poets and soothsayers:

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

4. According to Socrates, the goal of his ideal city is__________________.

5. By the end of <i>Book IV</i> Socrates has still not proved _______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Socrates think the Sophists are evil?

2. What is the ultimate goal of the philosopher, as explained by Socrates in <i>Book VI</i>? How does he attain this?

3. What is Socrates' plan for the familial arrangement of the republic?

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

5. How does Socrates distinguish knowledge known through art from knowledge known through inspiration?

6. Describe Socrates view of death and its role for the philosopher.

7. Is <i>The Republic</i> only interested in individual justice?

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

9. Why does Socrates think that the forms of government are like forms in the human soul?

10. What is the purpose of Alcibiades late-night intrusion into the Symposium? What does he talk about?

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