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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 <i>Ion</i>, Socrates compares Ion to which of the following?

2. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.

3. What counter-example does Socrates employ as evidence that a state is flawed?

4. In <i>Ion</i>, Socrates is concerned primarily with which of the following?

5. Why does Glaucon continue conversing with Socrates?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is an art, according to Socrates?

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. What is Socrates ultimate conclusion about the function of justice?

4. What is Polemarchus main mistake in defining justice as "benefiting one's friends and harming one's enemies"?

5. Why does Socrates think philosophers make the best rulers?

6. How is the story of the Symposium framed? How does this relate to the cultural values of the Greeks?

7. Describe Crito's and Socrates' relationship. Why is this important to the dialogue?

8. How can tyranny arise in a democratic state?

9. Why does Socrates want to censor literature in his republic?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Apology Socrates claims quite famously that: "the unexamined life is not worth living." Discuss the ramifications of the statement, and prove its validity in your own words. How might a Sophist try to disprove this assertion? How might Socrates answer these rebuttals?

Essay Topic 2

Does Socrates "learning as a recollection of old knowledge" thesis in Meno help prove his argument for the immortal soul in Phaedo? Why or why not?

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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