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. To understand Ion's poetically inspired spirit, Socrates employs a metaphor of which of the following?

2. Glaucon offers Socrates a proof that ____________________.

3. Which of the following does Socrates reason about poetry?

4. What are the soldiers of the republic explicitly forbidden to do, according to Socrates?

5. When he first meets Socrates, Meno asks the following question:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Whom does Adeimantus support? Why?

3. What is the purpose of Aristophanes' myth about men and women once being unified and then split apart? How does he end his story?

4. 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."

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

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

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

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

9. What would happen, according to Socrates, if a cobbler exercised the role of a leader?

10. What is the best way, according to Socrates, that people not be given false impressions about the gods?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Plato's and Socrates's Republic would be a good place to live. Agree or disagree? Use examples from the text to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

In Book V of The Republic, Socrates makes the suggestion that though men and women do not have the same natures, they nevertheless ought to do the same work. How does Socrates make this argument? Do you agree with his conclusion? Provide textual evidence to support your assertions.

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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