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

2. Glaucon offers Socrates a proof that ____________________.

3. When Meno arrives in Athens, who is accompanying him?

4. In the dialogue, Meno blames the confusion in his speech on which of the following?

5. What does Cephalus say to Socrates about old age?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why aren't the soldiers in Socrates' republic well compensated?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Is The Republic only interested in individual justice?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In Phaedo Socrates promotes the idea that philosophy is preparing for dying, and that a true philosopher should not fear death but welcome it. Would Socrates then be able to justify suicide as a good thing? Why or why not? Do you think Socrates commits suicide? Why or Why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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