Short Essay Questions
The 60 short essay questions listed in this section require a one to two sentence answer. They ask students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the text. Students must describe what they've read, rather than just recall it.
Short Essay Question - Ion
1. How does Socrates distinguish knowledge known through art from knowledge known through inspiration?
2. What is an art, according to Socrates?
3. How does Socrates use metaphors to explain Ion's inspiration? How does this relate to the practice of art or philosophy?
4. Explain the irony of the following statement as it relates to Ion: "Plato is the supreme enemy of art and is also the supreme artist."
Short Essay Question - Meno
5. Why is Meno's definition of virtue unsatisfactory for Socrates?
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