Great Dialogues Test | Final 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. Who said, "the unexamined life is not worth living"?

2. When Phaedo first arrives at the prison, what is Socrates doing?

3. Which subject should be taught last in Socrates' curriculum?

4. How does Socrates regard an oligarchy?

5. Socrates metaphorically refers to himself as __________,

Short Essay Questions

1. If one cannot live like a philosopher, what does Socrates think he should do?

2. Describe Crito's and Socrates' relationship. Why is this important to the dialogue?

3. What, does Socrates think, is the best form of government?

4. Why is the tyrannical man the most miserable, according to Socrates?

5. Which trumps the other, according to Socrates, the laws of Athens or the gods?

6. Why is democracy dangerous, according to Socrates?

7. Describe Socrates view of death and its role for the philosopher.

8. Why does Socrates think the Sophists are evil?

9. How does Socrates defend against Meletus' chargers of impiety?

10. Why does Socrates say in Book VII that "philosophers don't want to rule"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Design your own Platonic dialogue centered around characters that already exist in the works. You may choose from any number of topics including justice, love, mortality/death, friendship, anger, truth, or a concept of your own devising. Make sure to use Socratic techniques such as aporia, cross-examination, and clarification of term in your dialogue.

Essay Topic 2

Is Socrates a tragic hero? If yes, what are his hubrius and harmartia? If no, why not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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