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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. Who is the surprise visitor to the symposium, and why does he come?
(a) Aristotle arrives late because he traveled farther than the others.
(b) Appolodorus comes because he is angry he wasn't invited.
(c) Alcibiades comes because he is drunk and wants to seduce Socrates.
(d) There is no surprise visitor.

2. According to Socrates, what are the two ways of training the soul?
(a) Mediation and medicine.
(b) Physical exercise and literary education.
(c) Conversation with oneself and with others.
(d) Religion and philosophy.

3. When Cephalus tends to his sacrifice, who immediately takes his place in conversation with Socrates?
(a) Thrasymachus.
(b) Polemarchus.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Glaucon.

4. Whose side is Adeimantus on, at least in the beginning of the dialogue?
(a) Socrates'.
(b) Glaucon's.
(c) He does not advocate his own position, and he is on neither Glaucon's nor Socrates' side.
(d) He has his own distinct position.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Glaucon offers Socrates a proof that ____________________.

2. According to Socrates' insinuation, artistic knowledge is characterized as which of the following?

3. Though Glaucon is primarily concerned about justice within the individual, Socrates first begins by analyzing __________.

4. What do Socrates' interlocutors object to in the beginning of <i>Book V</i>?

5. Why is Socrates worried about literature which contains wayward characters?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the irony of the following statement as it relates to Ion: "Plato is the supreme enemy of art and is also the supreme artist."

2. Why is democracy dangerous, according to Socrates?

3. How does Socrates distinguish knowledge known through art from knowledge known through inspiration?

4. What is the purpose of Aristophanes' myth about men and women once being unified and then split apart? How does he end his story?

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

6. What is Socrates' view on poets and soothsayers?

7. Why are poets dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

9. Why is the tyrannical man the most miserable, according to Socrates?

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

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