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 Crito's relationship to Socrates?

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

3. According to Socrates' radical math, the tyrant's life is 729 times________.

4. In Book IX, what is the common man's deepest pleasure?

5. Who is Evenus of Paros?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is the entire Apology an example of Socratic wisdom in practice?

3. How can tyranny arise in a democratic state?

4. Why are poets dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

6. Why is democracy dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

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

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

10. Why does Socrates think it acceptable for the state to make philosophers rule if they are unwilling?

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

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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