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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. To illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?
(a) A nearby slave boy to whom he teaches simple geometry.
(b) Meno's wife.
(c) A nearby guard who speaks about virtuous people he knows.
(d) Plato to clarify Socrates' words for a perplexed Meno.

2. In his first argument, Glaucon asserts that is better to __________.
(a) Be just than appear just.
(b) Appear unjust than actually be just.
(c) Appear just than actually be just.
(d) Be unjust than appear unjust.

3. Glaucon offers Socrates a proof that ____________________.
(a) Justice can't have a consistent definition.
(b) An unjust lifestyle is more rewarding than a just one.
(c) Appearing unjust but actually being just is most desirable.
(d) A just life is better than a just one.

4. Which of the following does Socrates reason about Ion?
(a) Ion must be outside his mind when he recites poetry.
(b) Ion is a handsome, though misguided poet.
(c) Ion knows more than Socrates.
(d) Ion is sad when his crowds are sad and happy when his crowds are happy.

5. Whose stories does Socrates think dangerous for the moral turpitude of his city's citizens?
(a) Various works by Pindar.
(b) Aristotle's Poetics.
(c) Heretical poetry by Shakespeare and Ben Johnson.
(d) Hesoid's Theogeny.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Polemarchus define justice?

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

3. When Meno arrives in Athens, who is accompanying him?

4. What does Socrates tell Ion about a person who can recite poetry well?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Glaucon argue for?

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

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

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

6. How is Meno an example of indirect teaching? How does Plato corroborate his own theory of learning as recollection?

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

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

9. Whom does Socrates think is to be chosen to rule the city and why?

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

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