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. Who is Eryximachus?

2. Who are the rulers in Socrates' republic?

3. In Republic: Book III, Socrates is first concerned with:

4. When Ion admits to Socrates that he can only recite one poet's work well, Socrates is puzzled by which of the following?

5. In Socrates' ideal nation, literature which depicts the afterlife should depict it as___________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What would happen, according to Socrates, if a cobbler exercised the role of a leader?

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

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

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

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

7. How does Socrates plan to prevent the rulers from becoming tyrants?

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

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

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

In Apology Socrates claims quite famously that: "the unexamined life is not worth living." Discuss the ramifications of the statement, and prove its validity in your own words. How might a Sophist try to disprove this assertion? How might Socrates answer these rebuttals?

Essay Topic 2

In the first book of The Republic, Socrates seems more confused about justice and what it actually means, but by Apology it seems that Socrates has a clearly picture of justice. Compare/contrast these two viewpoints. What has changed in Socrates' mind? What does this say about Plato's philosophy?

Essay Topic 3

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

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