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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. In the dialogue, Meno blames the confusion in his speech on which of the following?
(a) Himself, because he has not had ample time to prepare for a deep conversation.
(b) Socrates, because Socrates is not listening to Meno's points.
(c) Himself, because he does not think himself a good exemplar of what virtue is.
(d) Socrates, because Socrates is deliberately confusing Meno about a subject which Meno thought he knew.

2. Though Glaucon is primarily concerned about justice within the individual, Socrates first begins by analyzing __________.
(a) Justice as it relates to an entire city's population.
(b) Glaucon's own virtue.
(c) Virtue as it is demanded of the city's leaders.
(d) Justice as it relates to a small family.

3. When Socrates meets Ion, Ion has just returned from which of the following?
(a) Agathon's drinking party.
(b) A game at the Coliseum.
(c) Socrates' trial.
(d) A poetry recital contest in Epidarus.

4. In Ion, Socrates is concerned primarily with which of the following?
(a) Defining virtue by more than just examples of virtue.
(b) Proving that Ion is not as smart as he is.
(c) Ion's secret relationship with Agathon.
(d) Distinguishing how we know things artistically from how we know things inspirationally.

5. In Ion, Socrates compares Ion to which of the following?
(a) Religious prophets.
(b) Plato.
(c) Musicians.
(d) Greek artists and sculptors.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is Eryximachus?

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

4. Who is the last person to leave the symposium?

5. What analogies does Socrates employ to refute Thrasymachus' position on justice?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Glaucon argue for?

5. How does Socrates convince his interlocutors that a woman can do any job that a man can?

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

7. What is justice, according to Socrates?

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

9. Does Socrates believe that his theoretical republic is a realistic political plan for a city?

10. What is an art, according to Socrates?

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