Gorgias Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Socrates believes to learn rhetoric, what must one also learn?

2. What does Socrates believe tyrannical power has little to do with?

3. Gorgias describes bad rhetoric as delivering a response in what way?

4. What does Socrates regard as better than being cured of sickness?

5. How does Socrates suggest happiness and well-being can be assured?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Socrates question Gorgias about rhetoric?

2. Why does Socrates see all advantages as beneficial? Why does he see some wrong actions as just?

3. Why does Socrates compare medicine and gymnastics to legislation and justice?

4. In Socrates' opinion, why do rhetoricians and Sophists find it difficult to define themselves?

5. In Socrates' opinion, what is the effect of someone with great power who has little common sense?

6. Why can the art of rhetoric not impart knowledge, according to Gorgias?

7. How does Polus embody the negative sides of freedom as Socrates has discussed?

8. Why does Socrates believe only those without knowledge can be persuaded by rhetoric?

9. What role does knowledge and justice play in learning and practicing rhetoric?

10. How is it that one can suffer justly or unjustly? What makes the difference in Socrates' opinion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss philosophy in "Gorgias," including how it is used, what it aids, and how it defines the conversation.

Essay Topic 2

How is the ideology presented in "Gorgias" something that we see in our society today?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the power of knowledge as well as its effect on the individual and on the individual's surroundings.

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