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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 concludes which of the following about virtue?
(a) If it can be taught then it is knowledge.
(b) If it is the same in everyone, then we should be able to define it.
(c) If it manifests differently in different people, than it cannot have one definition.
(d) It cannot be taught and is therefore not knowledge.

2. By the end of Book IV Socrates has still not proved _______________.
(a) Laws affect the flow of life.
(b) Justice manifests on earth.
(c) Justice is preferable to injustice.
(d) Courage comes from education and fear comes from ignorance.

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

4. When pressed by Socrates to explain his skill, Ion asserts which of the following?
(a) Socrates should not be asking him questions.
(b) When he recites passage about military exploits he cannot tell if he does so with the candor of a general.
(c) He is unqualified to comment on the artistic value of the his recitations.
(d) When he recites poetry he feels like the poet himself.

5. Which of the following does Socrates reason about poetry?
(a) Poetry was not meant to be read aloud.
(b) A poem's content cannot belong to the one who recites it.
(c) A poem's content always belongs to the one who recites it.
(d) If poetry consists of statements which belong to other arts, then such "other arts" are actually one thing.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Socrates' ideal city, poets and soothsayers:

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

3. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.

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

5. Who gives the last formal speech at the symposium?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is Meno's definition of virtue unsatisfactory for Socrates?

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

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

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

7. What is justice, according to Socrates?

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

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

10. What is the crucial difference, according to Socrates, between the common man and the philosopher?

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