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. In Socrates' philosophy, in an unjust act, who feels greater evil?

2. What does Gorgias claim is the basis for all arts and sciences?

3. Socrates believes that what is good while ugly can be delimited by what?

4. What does Socrates say defining areas of art is similar to defining?

5. Who does Socrates believe power is beneficial to?

Short Essay Questions

1. In terms of ethics, why does Socrates consider rhetoric a dangerous tool?

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

3. How does Gorgias see rhetoric as a bridge between art and science?

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

5. How is Socrates able to gain insight into rhetoric?

6. How does Gorgias see rhetoric aiding to the common good of humans?

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

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

9. How does the philosophers' conversation of rhetoric incite discussions of broader subjects such as morality?

10. In Socrates' opinion, why is distinction crucial to individuals and professions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Socrates' and Callicles' views on the connection between happiness and humanity.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Socrates' method of the correction of injustice and its plausibility or implausibility.

Essay Topic 3

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

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