The “common people,” as Plato so charitably calls them, are drawn to “peevish and diverse” characters-such as Odysseus and other heroes in the Odyssey-who (to Plato, anyway) engage in such questionable displays of emotion as “spinning out a long melancholy lamentation” or “disfiguring themselves in grief.”
Which of the following best describes Plato’s view of the heroes mentioned in line 27?
Why is Distrust incorrect? I thought “questionable” would indicate distrust.
Ah, but the paragraph actually tells you exactly what it means by “questionable displays of emotion” (the whole phrase is important—the author doesn’t just call the people questionable): “spinning out a long melancholy lamentation” or “disfiguring themselves in grief.” Those aren’t untrustworthy acts. They are things that Plato finds “peevish.”
“Questionable” also has a slightly non-literal meaning here — it actually means something like “in questionable (poor) taste.” Trustworthiness isn’t really the issue.