Section 1: 203a–205b
Section 2: 205b–206d
Section 3: 206e–210e
Section 4: 211a–213c
Section 5: 213d–216b
Section 6: 216c–218c
Section 7: 218d–221c
Section 8: 221d–223b
Philosophical Themes, Arguments, Ideas
Suggestions for Further Reading
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Full Book Quiz
1. Where is Socrates going when the
To a celebration
To the Lyceum
To the Academy
To the Parthenon
2. Who is in love with Lysis?
3. Why does Ctessipus complain about Hippothales?
Hippothales refuses to attend the celebration
Hippothales has stolen Ctessipus's love
Hippothales is keeping a secret
Hippothales sings all the time and has a bad voice
4. What mistake does Socrates accuse Hippothales of making?
He is too aggressive in his pursuit of Lysis
He is not aggressive enough in his pursuit of Lysis
He praises Lysis too much
He is seen too often with Lysis in public
5. Why does Socrates go into the celebration?
To make a sacrifice
To talk further with Hippothales
To see how beautiful Lysis is
To talk with Lysis
6. What are Lysis and his friends doing when Socrates arrives?
7. To what does Socrates attribute Lysis's "enslavement" to his parents?
A lack of understanding
A lack of technical skill
8. Why is Hippothales in "great excitement and confusion" after Socrates's initial exchange with Lysis?
Because Socrates has gotten Lysis to contradict himself
Because Socrates has given Lysis a poetic compliment
Because Socrates has convinced Lysis that he can meet the King of Persia
Because he has humbled Lysis
9. What does Socrates initially say about his knowledge of friendship?
That he can teach Lysis more about it
That seeing Lysis and Menexenus together reaffirms his knowledge
That he feels he has no knowledge of it
That it depends on the love of good for good
10. What does Socrates say he prefers to any material possession?
11. With whom does Socrates have his first discussion about friendship in this dialogue?
12. How does Socrates begin after the first conclusion is deemed wrong?
By changing the subject
By quoting the poets
By calling another boy over
By asking Hippothales's opinion
13. How does Socrates describe philosophers?
"Those who seek after truth"
"Anyone who is not convinced by commonplaces"
"Those who are in touch with the forms"
"The people who go talking and writing about nature and the universe"
14. What is Socrates's first proposition about likeness?
That like loves like
That like cannot love like
That the like is the good
That like is the friend of unlike
15. To whom does the saying "like loves like" not apply?
16. How does Socrates initially say he came up with the idea that the friend of the good is the neutral?
It follows from the proposition that "like loves like"
He was inspired by Lysis's comments
He was dizzy with thinking, and it just came to him
He has thought this for a long time
17. What is Socrates's primary example in arguing that the good is the friend of the neutral?
The application of color to a substance
The sick body in need of medicine
The King of Persia selecting the most knowledgeable person to cure his son
Lysis's friendship for Menexenus
18. What role does evil initially play in Socrates's proposition that the good is the friend of the neutral?
Friendship has nothing to do with evil
Friendship happens "because of" evil
Evil is the primary cause of friendship
Friendship acts to destroy evil
19. Why does Socrates first dismiss the proposition that friendship is caused by the neutral loving the good?
Lysis is not satisfied with it
It does not avoid the impossibility of like desiring like
It isn't complex enough to describe true friendship
He has an uncanny suspicion that it is wrong
20. What, besides "arguments," does Socrates say are "often predators"?
21. What specific desire does Socrates use to illustrate the point that desires are nether good nor bad?
The desire for knowledge
The desire for a friend
22. What is Socrates last proposition for the cause of friendship?
23. Why does Socrates dismiss the thesis that friendship is caused by congenial natures?
It doesn't solve the problem of evil
It doesn't solve the problem that like cannot desire like
It doesn't account for all forms of friendship
It doesn't explain why sometimes the lover is hated by the beloved
24. Who finally breaks up the group discussion?
A gymnastics teacher
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