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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. At whose house does the Symposium take place?
(a) Alcidbides.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Phaedrus.
(d) Agathon.

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

3. According to Socrates, what are the three parts of the soul?
(a) Thoughtfulness, mindfulness, and power.
(b) Hate, love, and desire.
(c) Goodness, badness, and curiosity.
(d) Rationality, spirit, and appetite.

4. Glaucon offers Socrates a proof that ____________________.
(a) Justice can't have a consistent definition.
(b) Appearing unjust but actually being just is most desirable.
(c) A just life is better than a just one.
(d) An unjust lifestyle is more rewarding than a just one.

5. The common man is not concerned with beauty itself, but ___________.
(a) He is concerned for his soul.
(b) He concerns himself with only practical matters.
(c) He is concerned with more abstract notions.
(d) He is concerned with beautiful things.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the character who narrates <i>Symposium</i>?

2. In Socrates' republic, judges must__________.

3. What poet is cited by Cephalus to explain the paradox of old age?

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

5. One large theme that permeates throughout <i>Meno</i> is:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is an art, according to Socrates?

5. How does Socrates argue that it is unlawful to break out of prison?

6. What happens to the soul after it is dead, according to Socrates?

7. Why does Socrates think that aspiring philosophers should be instructed in dialectic only at the end of their educations?

8. What is justice, according to Socrates?

9. Characterize the nature of Socrates' speech in his own defense.

10. Why does Socrates think that the philosopher is always the happiest man in the state?

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