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. What is an aristocracy?

2. According to Socrates, what would be one way for philosopher-rule to commence?

3. What assertion is made by Socrates when he responds to Adeimantus' point?

4. In Book VII Socrates weaves an analogy suggesting that the common man is like________.

5. According to Socrates' opinion, what is the second happiest social class of man in the world?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Socrates think that the forms of government are like forms in the human soul?

2. What happens to the soul after it is dead, according to Socrates?

3. Why can't the common man see the world like the philosopher, according to Socrates?

4. What objection does Cebes raise about Socrates view on death?

5. How does Socrates argue that it is unlawful to break out of prison?

6. What are the five tell-tale traits of an aspiring philosopher, according to Socrates?

7. Why does Socrates think that aspiring philosophers should be instructed in dialectic only at the end of their educations?

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

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

10. Why does Socrates think philosophers make the best rulers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Is the city that Socrates builds in the The Republic actually feasible? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to justify your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Socrates is the focal character in most of Plato's work, and. as a result , it is often difficult for one to tell the two apart. Find a section in one of the dialogues where you think Plato might disagree with Socrates' main point and explain why. Use evidence not only from Socrates' words but the words that other characters use to challenge Socrates.

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