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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. Socrates argues that laws are___________.
(a) Affected by the flow of everyday life, and thus should not be formulated individually.
(b) Misguided because no one law holds true categorically.
(c) Rigid and static, unlike the people they control.
(d) Worthy formal pursuits.

2. Who said the following: "may not the art of which neither teachers nor disciples exist be assumed to be incapable of being taught?"
(a) Socrates.
(b) The slave boy.
(c) Meno.
(d) Meno's wife.

3. What do Socrates' interlocutors object to in the beginning of Book V?
(a) All children and women should be shared (and raised) in common.
(b) They do not give Socrates any objections until later in the dialogue.
(c) All property would be owned by a family.
(d) Children must be born on the 7th of the month.

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

5. What does Cephalus say to Socrates about old age?
(a) Old age is the same as youth, it just depends on one's perspective.
(b) Wisdom is not worth death.
(c) Aging takes the life out of one's body.
(d) Most people think it is a curse, but one can enjoy freedom from youth's passions.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Book V, Socrates admits which of the following about his republic?

2. One large theme that permeates throughout Meno is:

3. When Ion admits to Socrates that he can only recite one poet's work well, Socrates is puzzled by which of the following?

4. Who is Glaucon?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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."

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

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

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

6. What is the crucial difference, according to Socrates, between the common man and the philosopher?

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

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

9. What is the purpose of Aristophanes' myth about men and women once being unified and then split apart? How does he end his story?

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

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