Great Dialogues 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. At whose house does the Symposium take place?

2. Before Socrates delivers his speech, he cross- examines Agathon about which of the following?

3. Who gives the first speech at the symposium?

4. What analogies does Socrates employ to refute Thrasymachus' position on justice?

5. In Book V, what is the philosopher concerned with, according to Socrates?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Glaucon argue for?

2. What is the purpose of Aristophanes' myth about men and women once being unified and then split apart? How does he end his story?

3. How does Socrates convince his interlocutors that a woman can do any job that a man can?

4. What is the crucial difference, according to Socrates, between the common man and the philosopher?

5. Where, according to Socrates, does virtue reside? How does virtue relate to the dichotomy of opinion and knowledge?

6. How should soldiers, according to Socrates, be trained in the ideal republic?

7. What is justice, according to Socrates?

8. What does Diotima teach Socrates about love? How does this compare to Aristophanes' view?

9. 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."

10. What would happen, according to Socrates, if a cobbler exercised the role of a leader?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Phaedo Socrates promotes the idea that philosophy is preparing for dying, and that a true philosopher should not fear death but welcome it. Would Socrates then be able to justify suicide as a good thing? Why or why not? Do you think Socrates commits suicide? Why or Why not?

Essay Topic 2

The Republic discusses many grandiose themes such as knowledge, friendship, kinship, love, justice, economics, government, and religion at length. Choose a topic, along the same lines, that Plato missed in his dialogues. See if you can argue, based on text you've already read, how Plato or Socrates would weigh in on the issue. You may use current political debates (health care, euthanasia, abortion) as your topic if you desire. You do not need to to this, however.

Essay Topic 3

How does Socrates plan for his city's rulers to not be corrupted by power? Do you think his plan is practical?

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