The Republic (Plato) -- Good

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The Republic (Plato) -- Good

This quiz is for my personal use, compiled (verbatim) from questions from tests in my philosophy class. Y'all are free to take it, but be warned, my teacher makes mistakes.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    According to Plato/Socrates, who are the "saviors of our society"?
    • A. 

      Artists

    • B. 

      Poets

    • C. 

      Philosophers

    • D. 

      Women

  • 2. 
    Which of the following does not apply to the rulers of Plato's/Socrate's society?
    • A. 

      They must love their country.

    • B. 

      They must be tested in both pleasure and pain.

    • C. 

      They must be philosophers.

    • D. 

      They must possess a readiness to live an orderly and quiet life.

    • E. 

      All of the above apply to the ideal ruler.

  • 3. 
    What according to Plato/Socrates is the highest form of knowledge?
    • A. 

      Knowledge of the form of the good.

    • B. 

      Knowledge of pleasure.

    • C. 

      Knowledge of self-control and self-discipline.

    • D. 

      Knowledge of justice.

  • 4. 
    Which of the following is NOT true of the Form of the Good?
    • A. 

      It is the source of all order, harmony, beauty, and intelligibility.

    • B. 

      It causes things in the sensible world to exist and sustains them.

    • C. 

      It permits the mind to know and understand the forms.

    • D. 

      It provides "intellectual light" in the intelligible world.

  • 5. 
    What occurs when the mind's eye is fixed on the "twilight world of change and decay"?
    • A. 

      It can only form opinions and is confused.

    • B. 

      It must work harder to understand truth and reality.

    • C. 

      It seems to lack intelligence.

    • D. 

      Both A and B.

    • E. 

      Both A and C.

  • 6. 
    Which of the following is true of the relationship between knowledge and truth and the good?
    • A. 

      Knowledge and truth are of equal rank.

    • B. 

      Knowledge and truth are ranked higher than the good.

    • C. 

      Knowledge and truth are ranked below the good.

    • D. 

      Knowledge and truth are the source of the good.

  • 7. 
    Which of the following best describes the difference between the "visible world' and the "intelligible world"?
    • A. 

      The intelligible world is grounded in sense while the visible world is grounded in opinion.

    • B. 

      The intelligible world consists of ideal forms while the visible world consists of physical things.

    • C. 

      The intelligible world relies on opinion while the visible world relies on knowledge.

    • D. 

      The intelligible world contains shadows and images while the visible world contains reasoning.

  • 8. 
    In The Divided Line, how does the mind use the originals of the visible order in their turn as images?
    • A. 

      It bases its inquiry on assumptions and moves to a conclusion

    • B. 

      It proceeds to a first principle based on conclusions.

    • C. 

      It moves from assumption to a first principle.

    • D. 

      It pursues its inquiry solely by and through the forms themselves.

  • 9. 
    Which of the following are Plato's/Socrates' four states of the mind?
    • A. 

      Truth, kindness, charity, and love.

    • B. 

      Knowledge, love, discipline, and loyalty.

    • C. 

      Intelligence, reason, belief, illusion

    • D. 

      Curiosity, desire, contentment, rationality.

  • 10. 
    For what reason must the philosopher descend and live among his fellows in the cave and get used to seeing in the dark?
    • A. 

      He is better and more fully educated than the rest.

    • B. 

      He is better qualified to combine the practice of philosophy and politics.

    • C. 

      He is compelled to have some care and responsibility for others.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

    • E. 

      Both A and B.

  • 11. 
    What is the primary purpose of Plato's "Simile/Allegory of the Cave"?
    • A. 

      To explain blind faith.

    • B. 

      To explain man's unwillingness to change.

    • C. 

      To explain different realities.

    • D. 

      To explain the ascent of the mind from illusion to pure philosophy.

  • 12. 
    What do the shadows represent that the prisoners in the cave are forced to look at on a daily basis?
    • A. 

      Illusion and false reality.

    • B. 

      Government control.

    • C. 

      Divine knowledge.

    • D. 

      Objective truth.

  • 13. 
    Why does Plato describe the prisoner who is freed from the cave as initially suffering pain?
    • A. 

      He is no longer in his comfort zone.

    • B. 

      A new reality would be difficult to accept.

    • C. 

      The sunlight would hurt the prisoner's eyes.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 14. 
    When the prisoner returns to the cave, why is he rejected?
    • A. 

      The prisoners are unwilling to accept different realities.

    • B. 

      They feel the returning prisoner is a fool.

    • C. 

      They are afraid of change.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 15. 
    To which of the following does Plato connect the ascent into the upper world?
    • A. 

      The upward progress of the mind into the intelligible region.

    • B. 

      A pathway to bliss.

    • C. 

      Complete understanding of the world.

    • D. 

      The innate capacity for knowledge present in each man's mind.

  • 16. 
    Which of the following, according to Plato, can make an artist out of anyone?
    • A. 

      Paintbrush.

    • B. 

      Pen.

    • C. 

      Mirror.

    • D. 

      Imagination.

  • 17. 
    What does Plato believe about the productions both of the painter and the poet?
    • A. 

      He believes that they are imitations of life, which appearances and not realities.

    • B. 

      He believes that neither painter nor poet have any knowledge of what they imitate.

    • C. 

      He believes that picture and poems tell us nothing about life.

    • D. 

      He believes all of the above.

  • 18. 
    What does Plato believe about the art of representation?
    • A. 

      It contains the ultimate truth that man can know.

    • B. 

      It is a long way removed from truth and understanding.

    • C. 

      It has a solid grasp on reality.

    • D. 

      It takes an enlightened mind to truly understand and explain its meaning.

  • 19. 
    Why does Plato dislike "the art of the painter and other representative artists"?
    • A. 

      It positively affects one's emotions.

    • B. 

      It is far removed from truth and reason.

    • C. 

      These artists prey on the natural weaknesses of mankind.

    • D. 

      It causes conflict in people.

  • 20. 
    What is the only type of poetry that Plato will allow in the state?
    • A. 

      Hymns to the gods.

    • B. 

      Homeric epics.

    • C. 

      Lyrical ballads.

    • D. 

      Love sonnets.

  • 21. 
    What does Plato hope ot illustrate with his "DIvided Line"?
    • A. 

      He hopes to illustrate the difference between classes of people.

    • B. 

      He hopes to illustrate the difference between appearance and reality.

    • C. 

      He hopes to illustrate further the visible and intelligibly orders of reality.

    • D. 

      He hopes to illustrate the four subdivisions of the mind.

  • 22. 
    According to Plato, how does one reach full understanding or ultimate truth?
    • A. 

      It is reached via a philosophical dialectic.

    • B. 

      It is reached via contemplation of assumptions.

    • C. 

      It is reached via consideration of physical things and their corresponding ideal forms.

    • D. 

      It is reached via the dismissal of illusion and false reality.

  • 23. 
    According to Plato, what comprises the Visible Realm of the Divided Line?
    • A. 

      Physical things.

    • B. 

      Shadows and images.

    • C. 

      Beliefs and Illusions

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 24. 
    What do the prisoners in the cave believe about the shadows displayed on the wall?
    • A. 

      The shadows on the wall are illusions.

    • B. 

      The shadows are the whole truth.

    • C. 

      The shadows are the lowest level of thinking.

    • D. 

      The shadows are reflections of the truth.

  • 25. 
    According the Plato/Socrates, which of the following contributes to bad government?
    • A. 

      Men whose lives are impoverished and destitute of personal satisfaction.

    • B. 

      Men who hope to snatch some compensation from a political career.

    • C. 

      Men who fight for power and cause internal and domestic conflicts.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      Both A and B

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