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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. How does Thrasymachus first define justice?

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

3. When Socrates meets Ion, Ion has just returned from which of the following?

4. In Socrates' ideal city, poets and soothsayers:

5. Socrates concludes which of the following about virtue?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is justice, according to Socrates?

3. What does Diotima teach Socrates about love? How does this compare to Aristophanes' view?

4. Where, according to Socrates, does virtue reside? How does virtue relate to the dichotomy of opinion and knowledge?

5. What does Glaucon argue for?

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

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

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

9. Is The Republic only interested in individual justice?

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

In Phaedo Socrates promotes the idea that philosophy is preparing for dying, and that a true philosopher should not fear death but welcome it. Would Socrates then be able to justify suicide as a good thing? Why or why not? Do you think Socrates commits suicide? Why or Why not?

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

Does Socrates "learning as a recollection of old knowledge" thesis in Meno help prove his argument for the immortal soul in Phaedo? Why or why not?

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