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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 are the rulers in Socrates' republic?
(a) The doctors.
(b) The students.
(c) The philosophers.
(d) The warriors.

2. In Ion, Socrates concludes that Ion's ability to memorize poetry is which of the following?
(a) Proof that he knows what it actually means.
(b) An art that he learned from others.
(c) Not proof that he knows what it actually means.
(d) Divinely inspired, just like the very poets whom Ion recites.

3. To understand Ion's poetically inspired spirit, Socrates employs a metaphor of which of the following?
(a) An eye attempting to see itself, explaining how our mental visions are limited by the bounds of our brain.
(b) A magnet to explain how a poet's inspiration moves from the muse to the audience.
(c) A dying animal to explain how the sole individual is part of a significant collective.
(d) A newly born start to explain how small and insignificant our world is in the greater picture.

4. To which other creative art does Socrates propose censorship?
(a) Music.
(b) History.
(c) Dance.
(d) Mathematics.

5. When he first meets Socrates, Meno asks the following question:
(a) How do we know if what we are seeing in the physical world actually exists?
(b) Is justice necessarily a good thing?
(c) Where he can learn how to be a philosopher?
(d) Is virtue taught, or is it inherent to good people?

Short Answer Questions

1. What types of stories, according to Socrates, ought we to read to children when they are very young?

2. What does Socrates assert about his views of the ideal state?

3. Who says, at the very end of Book II, "I completely endorse these patterns, and I would enact them as laws"?

4. In the beginning of Book IV, Adeimantus ask Socrates__________________.

5. Socrates intends his imagined city to be taken as a symbolic model for__________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Glaucon argue for?

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

9. Does Thrasymachus like Socrates? Why or why not?

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

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