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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. In the dialogue, Meno blames the confusion in his speech on which of the following?
(a) Socrates, because Socrates is deliberately confusing Meno about a subject which Meno thought he knew.
(b) Socrates, because Socrates is not listening to Meno's points.
(c) Himself, because he does not think himself a good exemplar of what virtue is.
(d) Himself, because he has not had ample time to prepare for a deep conversation.

2. When he first meets Socrates, Meno asks the following question:
(a) Is justice necessarily a good thing?
(b) How do we know if what we are seeing in the physical world actually exists?
(c) Where he can learn how to be a philosopher?
(d) Is virtue taught, or is it inherent to good people?

3. Socrates concludes which of the following about virtue?
(a) It cannot be taught and is therefore not knowledge.
(b) If it is the same in everyone, then we should be able to define it.
(c) If it manifests differently in different people, than it cannot have one definition.
(d) If it can be taught then it is knowledge.

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

5. To illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?
(a) Meno's wife.
(b) A nearby slave boy to whom he teaches simple geometry.
(c) A nearby guard who speaks about virtuous people he knows.
(d) Plato to clarify Socrates' words for a perplexed Meno.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. In the beginning of Book IV, Adeimantus ask Socrates__________________.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the crucial difference, according to Socrates, between the common man and the philosopher?

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

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

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

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

6. Is The Republic only interested in individual justice?

7. What is justice, according to Socrates?

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

9. What does Glaucon argue for?

10. How does Socrates plan to prevent the rulers from becoming tyrants?

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