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. Why does Glaucon continue conversing with Socrates?

2. When he first meets Socrates, Meno asks the following question:

3. What types of stories, according to Socrates, ought we to read to children when they are very young?

4. To illustrate one facet of his argument, Socrates employs the help of which character?

5. By the end of Book IV Socrates has still not proved _______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is justice, according to Socrates?

3. What is Socrates' plan for the familial arrangement of the republic?

4. What is the purpose of Aristophanes' myth about men and women once being unified and then split apart? How does he end his story?

5. Whom does Adeimantus support? Why?

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

7. What does Cephalus tell Socrates about the key to enjoying old age?

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

9. How should soldiers, according to Socrates, be trained in the ideal republic?

10. Is The Republic only interested in individual justice?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose your favorite Sophist and write a paper arguing for his thesis. You may choose "justice is the power of the stronger," or "the unjust life is more rewarding than the just one" or anything else you find in the text. Address the Socratic counter arguments to these claims and rebut them as best you can. Make sure to use textual evidence for your reasoning on both sides of your argument.

Essay Topic 2

The Republic discusses many grandiose themes such as knowledge, friendship, kinship, love, justice, economics, government, and religion at length. Choose a topic, along the same lines, that Plato missed in his dialogues. See if you can argue, based on text you've already read, how Plato or Socrates would weigh in on the issue. You may use current political debates (health care, euthanasia, abortion) as your topic if you desire. You do not need to to this, however.

Essay Topic 3

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

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