Great Dialogues Test | 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. According to Socrates, what happens when "one [is] mistaken in his judgment, and harms his friends, and helps his enemies, unknowingly"?

2. Why is Socrates worried about literature which contains wayward characters?

3. Which of the following does Socrates reason about Ion?

4. Why does Socrates discuss Asclepius' philosophy?

5. Who is Glaucon?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Socrates believe that his theoretical republic is a realistic political plan for a city?

2. Does Thrasymachus like Socrates? Why or why not?

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

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

5. What does Glaucon argue for?

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

7. What is the crucial difference, according to Socrates, between the common man and the philosopher?

8. What would happen, according to Socrates, if a cobbler exercised the role of a leader?

9. Why is Meno's definition of virtue unsatisfactory for Socrates?

10. How does Socrates use metaphors to explain Ion's inspiration? How does this relate to the practice of art or philosophy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Book V of The Republic, Socrates makes the suggestion that though men and women do not have the same natures, they nevertheless ought to do the same work. How does Socrates make this argument? Do you agree with his conclusion? Provide textual evidence to support your assertions.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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