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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. According to Socrates, what are the three parts of the soul?

2. In <i>Ion</i>, Socrates concludes that Ion's ability to memorize poetry is which of the following?

3. Where is courage found in Socrates' republic?

4. According to Socrates, what happens when "one [is] mistaken in his judgment, and harms his friends, and helps his enemies, unknowingly"?

5. Who is Glaucon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What objection does Cebes raise about Socrates view on death?

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

4. Why does Socrates think that the philosopher is always the happiest man in the state?

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

6. What happens to the soul after it is dead, according to Socrates?

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

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

9. 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."

10. What does Glaucon argue for?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

According to Socrates in Book IV of The Republic, justice is a proper organization of the faculties of the soul such that each part is fulfilling its own proper role and not usurping the functions of others. Do you agree or disagree with this definition? Do you think Socrates equivocates this definition in other dialogues? Give examples either modern or ancient where you can test Socrates view of justice.

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