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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. Ultimately, Socrates concludes that justice is______________.
(a) Completely unknowable and therefore obsolete.
(b) The power of the stronger.
(c) Completely unknowable, but nevertheless necessary.
(d) A proper organization, balancing the various faculties of the soul.

2. What is a symposium?
(a) A small club of Sophists.
(b) An all- night drinking party where various elite Greeks discuss the meaning of love.
(c) An ancient restaurant.
(d) An outdoor gathering of philosophers near a nobleman's residence.

3. According to Socrates, woman can____________.
(a) Hold any job than men can hold.
(b) Lead the republic.
(c) Reach heaven more quickly than men.
(d) Offer proof of the immortal soul.

4. What are the soldiers of the republic explicitly forbidden to do, according to Socrates?
(a) Have sex with non-family members.
(b) Commit atrocities, such as enslavement and land-burning, against fellow Greeks.
(c) Execute war criminals.
(d) Take bribes.

5. In order to respond to Glaucon's objections, Socrates ___________________.
(a) Posits an ideal city so that he might discover where justice comes from.
(b) Tries to find justice in animals before finding justice in humans.
(c) Changes the subject completely.
(d) Analogizes justice to fine skills like woodworking and carpentry.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Who is Eryximachus?

4. How does Thrasymachus first define justice?

5. In the dialogue, Meno blames the confusion in his speech on which of the following?

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

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

4. What is the purpose of Alcibiades late-night intrusion into the Symposium? What does he talk about?

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

6. What is justice, according to Socrates?

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

8. What is Socrates' plan for the familial arrangement of the republic?

9. How should soldiers, according to Socrates, be trained in the ideal republic?

10. Whom does Adeimantus support? Why?

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