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

2. According to Socrates' insinuation, artistic knowledge is characterized as which of the following?

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

4. Ultimately, Socrates concludes that justice is______________.

5. Who is Asclepius?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why aren't the soldiers in Socrates' republic well compensated?

3. What is the purpose of Alcibiades late-night intrusion into the Symposium? What does he talk about?

4. How does Socrates argue that it is unlawful to break out of prison?

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

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

7. Is <i>The Republic</i> only interested in individual justice?

8. What is Socrates' plan for the familial arrangement of the republic?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Socrates is the focal character in most of Plato's work, and. as a result , it is often difficult for one to tell the two apart. Find a section in one of the dialogues where you think Plato might disagree with Socrates' main point and explain why. Use evidence not only from Socrates' words but the words that other characters use to challenge Socrates.

Essay Topic 2

In the first book of The Republic, Socrates seems more confused about justice and what it actually means, but by Apology it seems that Socrates has a clearly picture of justice. Compare/contrast these two viewpoints. What has changed in Socrates' mind? What does this say about Plato's philosophy?

Essay Topic 3

Many of the dialogues in The Republic take place between Socrates and Glaucon. Whom do you think Plato supports more? Give evidence for your reasoning.

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