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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. According to Socrates, woman can____________.
(a) Lead the republic.
(b) Offer proof of the immortal soul.
(c) Reach heaven more quickly than men.
(d) Hold any job than men can hold.

2. How does Socrates defend the point that men and women are equal?
(a) Men need women to exist (and vice-versa), so man and woman are better regarded as parts of a whole rather than individuals.
(b) Though men are physically stronger, women are emotionally stronger.
(c) Though they have different external organs, their internal ones are similar.
(d) Though they have different natures, they can perform the same tasks.

3. Who gives the last formal speech at the symposium?
(a) Pausanias.
(b) Agathon.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Appolodorus.

4. According to Socrates, what happens when "one [is] mistaken in his judgment, and harms his friends, and helps his enemies, unknowingly"?
(a) He claims to know justice, but doesn't.
(b) It doesn't matter; one would never do this.
(c) He is just.
(d) He is unjust.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When he first meets Socrates, Meno asks the following question:

2. Why does Glaucon continue conversing with Socrates?

3. In Socrates' ideal nation, literature which depicts the afterlife should depict it as___________.

4. According to Socrates, the goal of his ideal city is__________________.

5. In the dialogue, Meno blames the confusion in his speech on which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why aren't the soldiers in Socrates' republic well compensated?

9. Whom does Adeimantus support? Why?

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

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