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 the character who narrates Symposium?

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

3. Who are the rulers in Socrates' republic?

4. Who says, at the very end of Book II, "I completely endorse these patterns, and I would enact them as laws"?

5. To which other creative art does Socrates propose censorship?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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."

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

3. What does Glaucon argue for?

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

5. Is The Republic only interested in individual justice?

6. How does Socrates distinguish knowledge known through art from knowledge known through inspiration?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 3

How does Plato, in the Great Dialogues, separate himself from Socrates? To answer this you may note one major difference between Socrates' and Plato's ideas. To what to do you attribute this disagreement? What does this tell you about the relationship between Plato and Socrates?

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