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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' insinuation, artistic knowledge is characterized as which of the following?
(a) Subjective.
(b) Useless.
(c) Ironic.
(d) Universal.

2. When Socrates meets Ion, Ion has just returned from which of the following?
(a) A poetry recital contest in Epidarus.
(b) A game at the Coliseum.
(c) Agathon's drinking party.
(d) Socrates' trial.

3. What does Socrates assert about his views of the ideal state?
(a) They break certain established social norms.
(b) They are based on insidious accusations against the current ruling power.
(c) They will bring about the coming of a new empire.
(d) They are without flaw.

4. What are the three social classes in the republic, according to Socrates?
(a) The leaders, the rebels, and everyone else.
(b) The working-class, the soldiers, and the rulers.
(c) The philosophers, the sophists, and the warriors.
(d) The rich, the poor, and the middle class.

5. In Ion, Socrates is concerned primarily with which of the following?
(a) Defining virtue by more than just examples of virtue.
(b) Distinguishing how we know things artistically from how we know things inspirationally.
(c) Ion's secret relationship with Agathon.
(d) Proving that Ion is not as smart as he is.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Book V, what is the philosopher concerned with, according to Socrates?

2. How are leaders chosen in Socrates' ideal republic?

3. Who gives the first speech at the symposium?

4. In Socrates' republic, judges must__________.

5. How does Polemarchus define justice?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is justice, according to Socrates?

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

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

8. Whom does Adeimantus support? Why?

9. Whom does Socrates think is to be chosen to rule the city and why?

10. What does Glaucon argue for?

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