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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 gives the first speech at the symposium?

2. How does Socrates plan to keep the soldiers of the republic from fighting?

3. When Socrates meets Ion, Ion has just returned from which of the following?

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

5. Why does Socrates discuss Asclepius' philosophy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is justice, according to Socrates?

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

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

4. Whom does Adeimantus support? Why?

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

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

7. What should be done about the poets, according to Socrates in <i>Book X</i>?

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

9. Why are poets dangerous, according to Socrates?

10. Why does Socrates think that the forms of government are like forms in the human soul?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to Socrates position in Crito, how is the city the father of its citizen? How are his actions towards his family in Phaedo or his comments about his family in Apology consistent with or inconsistent with this position? Does this complicate the idea of Socrates as a hero?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Socrates notes several times in The Republic that the traditional model for a family is not the best way to ensure a society's greatness. He makes several proposals, including a system where children are raised not by their biological parents, but held "in common." Compare and contrast Socrates' republic concerning child-rearing practices with your favorite dystopian novel/film (ex. Brave New World, V for Vendetta, 1984). Is Socrates creating a utopia or a dystopia? Use the ideas of other authors on this subject in conversation with the text.

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