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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. In <i>Ion</i>, Socrates compares Ion to which of the following?

2. Describe Thrasymachus' view of Socrates.

3. What counter-example does Socrates employ as evidence that a state is flawed?

4. In <i>Ion</i>, Socrates is concerned primarily with which of the following?

5. Why does Glaucon continue conversing with Socrates?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is an art, according to Socrates?

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

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

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

5. Why does Socrates think philosophers make the best rulers?

6. How is the story of the Symposium framed? How does this relate to the cultural values of the Greeks?

7. Describe Crito's and Socrates' relationship. Why is this important to the dialogue?

8. How can tyranny arise in a democratic state?

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

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

Essay 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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