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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 the dialogue, Meno blames the confusion in his speech on which of the following?

2. In <i>Republic: Book III</i>, Socrates is first concerned with:

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

4. Which of the following does Socrates reason about poetry?

5. According to Socrates, what are the two ways of training the soul?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is democracy dangerous, according to Socrates?

2. Why are poets dangerous, according to Socrates?

3. What is the purpose of Alcibiades late-night intrusion into the Symposium? What does he talk about?

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

5. Why aren't the soldiers in Socrates' republic well compensated?

6. What happens to the soul after it is dead, according to Socrates?

7. Why does Socrates think that the philosopher is always the happiest man in the state?

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

9. How does Socrates defend against Meletus' chargers of impiety?

10. What does the cave metaphor mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

According to Socrates in Book IV of The Republic, justice is a proper organization of the faculties of the soul such that each part is fulfilling its own proper role and not usurping the functions of others. Do you agree or disagree with this definition? Do you think Socrates equivocates this definition in other dialogues? Give examples either modern or ancient where you can test Socrates view of justice.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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