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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. When first asked by Socrates to define virtue, Meno responds with which of the following?
2. Before Socrates delivers his speech, he cross- examines Agathon about which of the following?
3. Why does Glaucon continue conversing with Socrates?
4. What are the soldiers of the republic explicitly forbidden to do, according to Socrates?
5. Who is Eryximachus?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Cephalus tell Socrates about the key to enjoying old age?
2. What is the best way, according to Socrates, that people not be given false impressions about the gods?
3. Why is Meno's definition of virtue unsatisfactory for Socrates?
4. Whom does Socrates think is to be chosen to rule the city and why?
5. Does Socrates believe that his theoretical republic is a realistic political plan for a city?
6. What is the crucial difference, according to Socrates, between the common man and the philosopher?
7. 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."
8. How does Socrates convince his interlocutors that a woman can do any job that a man can?
9. What is an art, according to Socrates?
10. What is Polemarchus main mistake in defining justice as "benefiting one's friends and harming one's enemies"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Many of the dialogues in The Republic take place between Socrates and Glaucon. Whom do you think Plato supports more? Give evidence for your reasoning.
Essay Topic 2
Design your own Platonic dialogue centered around characters that already exist in the works. You may choose from any number of topics including justice, love, mortality/death, friendship, anger, truth, or a concept of your own devising. Make sure to use Socratic techniques such as aporia, cross-examination, and clarification of term in your dialogue.
Essay Topic 3
What is the role of the "philosopher king" in The Republic? Do you agree or disagree with Plato's vision of a land ruled by philosophers instead of by politicians? Be sure to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
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