The Allegory of the Cave by Plato: Summary, Analysis & Explanation


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Which of the following best describes the concept of Forms?

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1. In the allegory of the cave, who will suspect that the freed prisoner, upon his return to the cave, must have had 'his eyes corrupted?'

2. Which of the following best represents the obligation of the 'enlightened philosopher?'

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet to see what you know about the allegory of the cave. It will challenge students on the allegory of the cave and the ideas and meanings related to it.

Quiz & Worksheet

Students who take this quiz can expect to encounter questions about:

  • Prisoner's return to the cave
  • Characteristics of the Forms
  • Obligation of the enlightened philosopher
  • Socrates role in the telling of the allegory

Skills Practiced

If you take this quiz, you will be improving the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - draw the most important information from the related lesson on the allegory of the cave
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the enlightened philosopher
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the allegorical meaning of the story

Additional Learning

For more information regarding Plato's famous allegory, check out the related lesson plan, The Allegory of the Cave. It will help students achieve these goals:

  • Identify Plato, Socrates, and other famous philosophers
  • Define the theory of Forms
  • View a visual representation of the allegory
  • Understand the allegory of the cave
  • Learn Plato's theory on the four stages of life