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. Ultimately, Socrates concludes that justice is______________.

2. In the beginning of Book IV, Adeimantus ask Socrates__________________.

3. To understand Ion's poetically inspired spirit, Socrates employs a metaphor of which of the following?

4. Which demographic of the Athenian population does Socrates single out for discussion?

5. What poet is cited by Cephalus to explain the paradox of old age?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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."

3. How does Socrates use metaphors to explain Ion's inspiration? How does this relate to the practice of art or philosophy?

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

5. Whom does Socrates think is to be chosen to rule the city and why?

6. How does Socrates distinguish knowledge known through art from knowledge known through inspiration?

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

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

9. Whom does Adeimantus support? Why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Book V of The Republic, Socrates makes the suggestion that though men and women do not have the same natures, they nevertheless ought to do the same work. How does Socrates make this argument? Do you agree with his conclusion? Provide textual evidence to support your assertions.

Essay Topic 2

How does Plato, in the Great Dialogues, separate himself from Socrates? To answer this you may note one major difference between Socrates' and Plato's ideas. To what to do you attribute this disagreement? What does this tell you about the relationship between Plato and Socrates?

Essay Topic 3

Socrates notes several times in The Republic that the traditional model for a family is not the best way to ensure a society's greatness. He makes several proposals, including a system where children are raised not by their biological parents, but held "in common." Compare and contrast Socrates' republic concerning child-rearing practices with your favorite dystopian novel/film (ex. Brave New World, V for Vendetta, 1984). Is Socrates creating a utopia or a dystopia? Use the ideas of other authors on this subject in conversation with the text.

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