The Republic (Plato) Guardians

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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. 
    At the beginning of part two, how does Socrates propose his inquiry into justice?
    • A. 

      He suggests an in-depth look at justice in the individual.

    • B. 

      He suggests bringing Thrasymachus back into the discussion.

    • C. 

      He suggests a large-scale study of justice in the community.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Mutual need and difference of aptitude.

    • B. 

      Mutual need and natural growth.

    • C. 

      Difference of aptitude and knowledge of history.

    • D. 

      A structured class system and a variety of occupations.

  • 3. 
    According to Socrates, which of the following is true about occupations in his emerging state?
    • A. 

      Quantity and quality are more easily produce when men practice several jobs

    • B. 

      Quantity and quality are more easily produced when men specialize on a single job.

    • C. 

      All men have natural abilities that allow them to perform well at a number of jobs.

    • D. 

      Both A and C

    • E. 

      Borth B and C

  • 4. 
    What is the first and greatest need of society?
    • A. 

      The provision of food.

    • B. 

      The provision of shelter.

    • C. 

      The provision of clothing.

    • D. 

      The provision of leisure.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following classes is the least physically fit and unsuitable for other work?
    • A. 

      The Guardians.

    • B. 

      The class of retailers.

    • C. 

      The class of merchants.

    • D. 

      The class of wage earners.

  • 6. 
    Which of the following will occur in the state that begins to expand and grow?
    • A. 

      The territory will be too small to support its people.

    • B. 

      War will be inevitable.

    • C. 

      Unnecessary jobs will be eliminated.

    • D. 

      Both A and B.

    • E. 

      Both A and C.

  • 7. 
    What, according to Socrates, leads to the downfall of society?
    • A. 

      Selflessness, that is, the concern for one's fellow man.

    • B. 

      Luxuries.

    • C. 

      The pursuit of unlimited material possessions.

    • D. 

      Corrupt ruling class.

  • 8. 
    Socrates compares his Guardian class to which of the following?
    • A. 

      A horse.

    • B. 

      A watchdog.

    • C. 

      A wolf.

    • D. 

      A lion.

  • 9. 
    Which of the following natural qualities are needed to be an effective Guardian?
    • A. 

      Keen perception.

    • B. 

      Speed.

    • C. 

      Strength to fight.

    • D. 

      Courage.

    • E. 

      All of the above.

  • 10. 
    Which of the following gives their possessor a character quite fearless and indomitable in the face of all dangers?
    • A. 

      Wisdom.

    • B. 

      Compassion.

    • C. 

      High-spirits.

    • D. 

      Discipline.

    • E. 

      Self-control.

  • 11. 
    How does Socrates propose to temper the Guardians' aggressive behavior towards their fellow citizens?
    • A. 

      The guardians must possess a philosophic disposition and a love of learning.

    • B. 

      The guardians must be properly trained in the art of war.

    • C. 

      The guardians must be governed by reason.

    • D. 

      The guardians must be able to recognize friend from foe.

  • 12. 
    Which of the following BEST describes the role or function of the Guardian?
    • A. 

      The Guardian must devote his life to doing what is best for the elite class of society.

    • B. 

      The Guardian must devote his life to doing what is best for the community.

    • C. 

      The Guardian must devote his life to doing what is best for himself.

    • D. 

      The Guardian must devote his life to doing what is best for the next generation of Guardians.

  • 13. 
    According to Socrates, what are men unwilling to lose?
    • A. 

      Material possessions.

    • B. 

      Family and friends.

    • C. 

      The simple pleasures in life.

    • D. 

      A belief that is true

  • 14. 
    Socrates proposes that prospective Guardians endure trials and tests during which part of their lives?
    • A. 

      Childhood.

    • B. 

      Youth.

    • C. 

      Manhood.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 15. 
    What is the purpose of Socrates' "magnificent myth"?
    • A. 

      To increase the peoples' loyalty to the state and to each other.

    • B. 

      To manipulate people into accepting their lot in life.

    • C. 

      To lay out guidelines for the replenishment of the Guardian class.

    • D. 

      Both A and C.

    • E. 

      All of the above.

  • 16. 
    How does Socrates propose the preserve the integrity and unity of both the individual and the state?
    • A. 

      Individuals must devote themselves to the one job for which they are naturally suited.

    • B. 

      Children must be promoted or degraded to other classes according to their worth.

    • C. 

      Avoiding at all costs either making the state too small or too large.

    • D. 

      Both A and B.

    • E. 

      All of the above.

  • 17. 
    According to Socrates, how does a state produce citizens of good character?
    • A. 

      By providing for their well-being and happiness.

    • B. 

      By legislating and regulating minor matters.

    • C. 

      By maintaining a sound system of education and upbringing.

    • D. 

      By offering a variety of amusement and entertainment.

  • 18. 
    Which of the following comprise Plato's "cardinal virtues"?
    • A. 

      Wisdom, courage, discipline, and justice.

    • B. 

      Kindness, courage, compassion, and love.

    • C. 

      Self-control, self-discipline, and self-education.

    • D. 

      Courage, discipline, bravery, and justice.

  • 19. 
    Which of the following is NOT true about the Guardians?
    • A. 

      They will make up the smallest constituent part of class.

    • B. 

      They will exercise authority over the rest.

    • C. 

      They will be endowed with knowledge deserving the title of wisdome.

    • D. 

      THey will benefit the state only minimally.

  • 20. 
    What does Socrates mean by self-control or self-discipline?
    • A. 

      Control of certain desires and appetites.

    • B. 

      Being master of oneself.

    • C. 

      Harmonious living with the dictates of society.

    • D. 

      Trying to quell greed and jealousy.

  • 21. 
    Which of the following groups experiences the most "indiscipline"?
    • A. 

      Women

    • B. 

      Children.

    • C. 

      Slaves.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 22. 
    According to Socrates, what does justice consist of?
    • A. 

      Justice consists of minding your own business.

    • B. 

      Justice consists of not interfering with other people.

    • C. 

      Justice consists of self-discipline and the following of society's rules.

    • D. 

      Both A and B.

    • E. 

      Both A and C.

  • 23. 
    What does Socrates consider to cause "the greatest harm to [the] state" and to be the "worst of aall evils"?
    • A. 

      Seditious literature.

    • B. 

      Tyrannical guardians.

    • C. 

      Interchange of jobs between classes.

    • D. 

      When each class does its job and minds its own business.

  • 24. 
    Which element of the mind is closely connected with satisfaction and pleasure?
    • A. 

      THe element of irrational appetite.

    • B. 

      The element of a spirit.

    • C. 

      The element of reason.

    • D. 

      The element of indignation.

  • 25. 
    Society originates because individuals are not self-sufficient and have many needs.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False