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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 Socrates walking with when he is stopped by a group of men urging him to come to Cephalus' house?
(a) Thrasymachus.
(b) Plato.
(c) Glaucon.
(d) Meno.

2. In Book V, what is the philosopher concerned with, according to Socrates?
(a) The afterlife.
(b) Justice, and only justice.
(c) Absolute being.
(d) Beautiful things.

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

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

5. Why does Socrates speak about dogs and other animals to Glaucon?
(a) In order to show, by analogy, that it is difficult albeit not impossible to have people who are both gentle and aggressive.
(b) In hopes of finding the source of virtue.
(c) To establish grounds for a society in which people function like animals in a natural kingdom.
(d) Socrates likes animals more than people.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who gives the first speech at the symposium?

2. Who said the following: "may not the art of which neither teachers nor disciples exist be assumed to be incapable of being taught?"

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

4. How does Dimotia characterize love?

5. How does Polemarchus define justice?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is justice, according to Socrates?

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

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

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

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

7. Why aren't the soldiers in Socrates' republic well compensated?

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

9. What does Glaucon argue for?

10. What would happen, according to Socrates, if a cobbler exercised the role of a leader?

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