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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 <i>Ion</i>, Socrates compares Ion to which of the following?
(a) Religious prophets.
(b) Greek artists and sculptors.
(c) Plato.
(d) Musicians.

2. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.
(a) He can't follow Socrates' logic.
(b) He likes the Socratic method of reasoning.
(c) He hates Socrates and thinks Socrates is stupid.
(d) He chastizes Socrates for asking questions freely, but dodging them when he is asked a question himself.

3. What counter-example does Socrates employ as evidence that a state is flawed?
(a) Diplomats make more money than labors in problematic regions.
(b) Poor doctors exist where there are poor statesmen.
(c) When innocent men are sentenced to death, a state is flawed.
(d) "Rich" soldiers in other cities make poor soldiers and poor leaders.

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

5. Why does Glaucon continue conversing with Socrates?
(a) Because he agrees with Socrates that injustice is better than justice.
(b) Because he is not satisfied with Socrates' response to Thrasymachus.
(c) Because he is provoked by Adeimantus to do so.
(d) Because he is convinced he can win an argument against Socrates.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Meno arrives in Athens, who is accompanying him?

2. Which demographic of the Athenian population does Socrates single out for discussion?

3. In order to respond to Glaucon's objections, Socrates ___________________.

4. Who is Socrates walking with when he is stopped by a group of men urging him to come to Cephalus' house?

5. How does Meno respond to Socrates' question: "Do bees differ as bees, because there are many different kinds of them; or, are they not rather to be distinguished by some other quality, as for example beauty, size, or shape?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What is an art, according to Socrates?

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 Socrates ultimate conclusion about the function of justice?

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

5. Why does Socrates think philosophers make the best rulers?

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

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

8. How can tyranny arise in a democratic state?

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

10. How does Socrates convince his interlocutors that a woman can do any job that a man can?

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