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 is Evenus of Paros?

2. Tyranny is most likely to occur under which form of government?

3. With whom does Socrates discuss the education of soldiers and philosophers?

4. According to Socrates' opinion, what does the common man's simple mind cause him to mistake?

5. "A good man [who is] grieving," says Socrates," will attempt to moderate his grief through _________."

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the ultimate goal of the philosopher, as explained by Socrates in Book VI? How does he attain this?

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

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

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

5. Why is democracy dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Socrates think the Sophists are evil?

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

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

In Meno, Socrates introduces the idea that learning is really a recollection of past knowledge. Where else in the dialogues or the Republic is this idea addressed? How is it different from Socrates' conception of learning in Meno? What challenges might we pose for Plato's theory of epistemology?

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