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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 concludes which of the following about virtue?
(a) If it is the same in everyone, then we should be able to define it.
(b) If it can be taught then it is knowledge.
(c) If it manifests differently in different people, than it cannot have one definition.
(d) It cannot be taught and is therefore not knowledge.

2. Why does Glaucon continue conversing with Socrates?
(a) Because he agrees with Socrates that injustice is better than justice.
(b) Because he is provoked by Adeimantus to do so.
(c) Because he is convinced he can win an argument against Socrates.
(d) Because he is not satisfied with Socrates' response to Thrasymachus.

3. The common man is not concerned with beauty itself, but ___________.
(a) He concerns himself with only practical matters.
(b) He is concerned with more abstract notions.
(c) He is concerned with beautiful things.
(d) He is concerned for his soul.

4. What is the major point of Aristophanes' speech?
(a) Everything eventually dies, so it is pointless to love anything.
(b) Men loving woman is necessarily better than men loving men, because the former allows for procreation.
(c) Love is as complicated and confusing as good poetry.
(d) Love is the desire for unity, because man and woman were once a unified being.

5. At whose house does the Symposium take place?
(a) Agathon.
(b) Phaedrus.
(c) Alcidbides.
(d) Socrates.

Short Answer Questions

1. To illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?

2. Where is courage found in Socrates' republic?

3. 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?"

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Whom does Adeimantus support? Why?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Where, according to Socrates, does virtue reside? How does virtue relate to the dichotomy of opinion and knowledge?

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

(see the answer keys)

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