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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. Though Glaucon is primarily concerned about justice within the individual, Socrates first begins by analyzing __________.
(a) Justice as it relates to an entire city's population.
(b) Justice as it relates to a small family.
(c) Virtue as it is demanded of the city's leaders.
(d) Glaucon's own virtue.

2. In the beginning of Book IV, Adeimantus ask Socrates__________________.
(a) Why the city's soldiers should be deprived of material happiness.
(b) Where Socrates plans to get resources to build his city.
(c) Why Socrates adopts such a strange view of medicine.
(d) When Socrates thinks it feasible for his city to exist.

3. Socrates claims that he learned about love from which of the following?
(a) Meno.
(b) Alcibides.
(c) Diotima.
(d) Plato.

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

5. One virtue that Socrates constantly refers to in his reasoning throughout Book III is_____________.
(a) Will.
(b) Originality.
(c) Courage.
(d) Balance.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Socrates refute Polemarchus' definition of justice?

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

4. In the dialogue, Meno blames the confusion in his speech on which of the following?

5. What types of stories, according to Socrates, ought we to read to children when they are very young?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. What is justice, according to Socrates?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Explain Plato's theory of knowledge as recollection.

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