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 his first argument, Glaucon asserts that is better to __________.

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. According to Socrates, woman can____________.

4. What is the major point of Aristophanes' speech?

5. Why is Socrates worried about literature which contains wayward characters?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is The Republic only interested in individual justice?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What is the crucial difference, according to Socrates, between the common man and the philosopher?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Socrates is the focal character in most of Plato's work, and. as a result , it is often difficult for one to tell the two apart. Find a section in one of the dialogues where you think Plato might disagree with Socrates' main point and explain why. Use evidence not only from Socrates' words but the words that other characters use to challenge Socrates.

Essay Topic 2

Plato's and Socrates's Republic would be a good place to live. Agree or disagree? Use examples from the text to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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