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. In Socrates' republic, judges must__________.

2. How does Dimotia characterize love?

3. How does Thrasymachus first define justice?

4. In Ion, Socrates is concerned primarily with which of the following?

5. What are the three social classes in the republic, according to Socrates?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Does Thrasymachus like Socrates? Why or why not?

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

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

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

7. How is Meno an example of indirect teaching? How does Plato corroborate his own theory of learning as recollection?

8. 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."

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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