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. The tyrannical man, according to Socrates, is characterized by___________.

2. How does Crito plan to aid Socrates?

3. To Socrates, government is best analogized as being similar to the human _________.

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

5. The Athenian jury finds Socrates_________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Characterize the nature of Socrates' speech in his own defense.

5. What should be done about the poets, according to Socrates in Book X?

6. Why does Socrates think the Sophists are evil?

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

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

9. Why does Socrates think that the philosopher is always the happiest man in the state?

10. What does the cave metaphor mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Many of the dialogues in The Republic take place between Socrates and Glaucon. Whom do you think Plato supports more? Give evidence for your reasoning.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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