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. What are the soldiers of the republic explicitly forbidden to do, according to Socrates?

2. Who said the following: "may not the art of which neither teachers nor disciples exist be assumed to be incapable of being taught?"

3. How are leaders chosen in Socrates' ideal republic?

4. Who is Eryximachus?

5. Toward the end of Book IV Socrates weaves an analogy between________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Socrates believe that his theoretical republic is a realistic political plan for a city?

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

3. What is the best way, according to Socrates, that people not be given false impressions about the gods?

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

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

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

7. Why is Meno's definition of virtue unsatisfactory for Socrates?

8. What is Socrates' view on poets and soothsayers?

9. Explain Plato's theory of knowledge as recollection.

10. What does Glaucon argue for?

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

In Meno, Socrates introduces the idea that learning is really a recollection of past knowledge. Where else in the dialogues or the Republic is this idea addressed? How is it different from Socrates' conception of learning in Meno? What challenges might we pose for Plato's theory of epistemology?

Essay Topic 3

Is Socrates a tragic hero? If yes, what are his hubrius and harmartia? If no, why not?

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