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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. How does Meno respond to Socrates' question: "Do bees differ as bees, because there are many different kinds of them; or, are they not rather to be distinguished by some other quality, as for example beauty, size, or shape?"

2. In order to respond to Glaucon's objections, Socrates ___________________.

3. Why does Socrates discuss Asclepius' philosophy?

4. What are "the three"?

5. Describe Meno's appearance and attitude when he meets Socrates.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Cephalus tell Socrates about the key to enjoying old age?

2. What does Glaucon argue for?

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

4. Why does Socrates want to censor literature in his republic?

5. What is Socrates ultimate conclusion about the function of justice?

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

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

8. Whom does Adeimantus support? Why?

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

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

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

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.

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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