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

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

3. According to Socrates' insinuation, artistic knowledge is characterized as which of the following?
(a) Useless.
(b) Universal.
(c) Ironic.
(d) Subjective.

4. In Republic: Book III, Socrates is first concerned with:
(a) The corruption of the youth.
(b) Methods of practicing medicine.
(c) The end of the world.
(d) A citizens' revolt.

5. How does Dimotia characterize love?
(a) Curious and enigmatic, like the Gods.
(b) Crude and deceitful, like the desire for immortality.
(c) Grounded and rational, like a mathematical equation.
(d) Beautiful and pure, like virtue or reason.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Meno respond to Socrates' question: "Do bees differ as bees, because there are many different kinds of them; or, are they not rather to be distinguished by some other quality, as for example beauty, size, or shape?"

2. Who is the character who narrates Symposium?

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

4. Socrates claims that he learned about love from which of the following?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is justice, according to Socrates?

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

5. Whom does Adeimantus support? Why?

6. Is The Republic only interested in individual justice?

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

8. What is an art, according to Socrates?

9. Does Thrasymachus like Socrates? Why or why not?

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

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