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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. One virtue that Socrates constantly refers to in his reasoning throughout Book III is_____________.
(a) Balance.
(b) Will.
(c) Courage.
(d) Originality.

2. What definition of virtue do Meno and Socrates borrow from "the poets"?
(a) Virtue is the desire and power to obtain good things.
(b) Virtue, like other abstract notions, resists our best attempts to define it.
(c) Virtue is different for every person.
(d) Virtue is the unmoved mover of all things.

3. Socrates claims that he learned about love from which of the following?
(a) Alcibides.
(b) Diotima.
(c) Meno.
(d) Plato.

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

5. When Meno arrives in Athens, who is accompanying him?
(a) A small militia unit.
(b) Nobody, he is alone.
(c) A large group of slaves.
(d) His wife.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Cephalus tends to his sacrifice, who immediately takes his place in conversation with Socrates?

2. What counter-example does Socrates employ as evidence that a state is flawed?

3. Who is the character who narrates Symposium?

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

5. How does Socrates refute Polemarchus' definition of justice?

Short Essay Questions

1. Whom does Adeimantus support? Why?

2. Is The Republic only interested in individual justice?

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

4. What is justice, according to Socrates?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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