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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. Socrates argues that laws are___________.
(a) Affected by the flow of everyday life, and thus should not be formulated individually.
(b) Rigid and static, unlike the people they control.
(c) Worthy formal pursuits.
(d) Misguided because no one law holds true categorically.

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

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

4. In order to respond to Glaucon's objections, Socrates ___________________.
(a) Posits an ideal city so that he might discover where justice comes from.
(b) Changes the subject completely.
(c) Tries to find justice in animals before finding justice in humans.
(d) Analogizes justice to fine skills like woodworking and carpentry.

5. What is the major point of Aristophanes' speech?
(a) Love is the desire for unity, because man and woman were once a unified being.
(b) Love is as complicated and confusing as good poetry.
(c) Everything eventually dies, so it is pointless to love anything.
(d) Men loving woman is necessarily better than men loving men, because the former allows for procreation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Complete the comparison: philosophers have wisdom whereas common men have _______

2. Who are the rulers in Socrates' republic?

3. Who is the surprise visitor to the symposium, and why does he come?

4. Why does Socrates discuss Asclepius' philosophy?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the story of the Symposium framed? How does this relate to the cultural values of the Greeks?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Socrates use metaphors to explain Ion's inspiration? How does this relate to the practice of art or philosophy?

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

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

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

10. Whom does Adeimantus support? Why?

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