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. Socrates concludes which of the following about virtue?

2. When pressed by Socrates to explain his skill, Ion asserts which of the following?

3. Why does Glaucon continue conversing with Socrates?

4. Who is Socrates walking with when he is stopped by a group of men urging him to come to Cephalus' house?

5. Whose side is Adeimantus on, at least in the beginning of the dialogue?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the story of the Symposium framed? How does this relate to the cultural values of the Greeks?

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

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

4. What does Glaucon argue for?

5. Is The Republic only interested in individual justice?

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

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

8. What is an art, according to Socrates?

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

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

Is the city that Socrates builds in the The Republic actually feasible? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to justify your answer.

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

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.

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