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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

How does Plato, in the Great Dialogues, separate himself from Socrates? To answer this you may note one major difference between Socrates' and Plato's ideas. To what to do you attribute this disagreement? What does this tell you about the relationship between Plato and Socrates?

Essay Topic 2

Choose your favorite Sophist and write a paper arguing for his thesis. You may choose "justice is the power of the stronger," or "the unjust life is more rewarding than the just one" or anything else you find in the text. Address the Socratic counter arguments to these claims and rebut them as best you can. Make sure to use textual evidence for your reasoning on both sides of your argument.

Essay Topic 3

What is the role of the "philosopher king" in The Republic? Do you agree or disagree with Plato's vision of a land ruled by philosophers instead of by politicians? Be sure to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

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