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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Socrates plan for his city's rulers to not be corrupted by power? Do you think his plan is practical?

Essay Topic 2

Socrates notes several times in The Republic that the traditional model for a family is not the best way to ensure a society's greatness. He makes several proposals, including a system where children are raised not by their biological parents, but held "in common." Compare and contrast Socrates' republic concerning child-rearing practices with your favorite dystopian novel/film (ex. Brave New World, V for Vendetta, 1984). Is Socrates creating a utopia or a dystopia? Use the ideas of other authors on this subject in conversation with the text.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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