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. Socrates believes that unjust men_________.

2. As a consequence of misology, or a hatred of logic/reasoning, Socrates explains how the common man has trouble_________.

3. The evil of the soul, explained in Book X by Socrates, is ___________.

4. One theme that is present in Book X, and in other dialogues is______________.

5. What is one example that Socrates uses to suggest that the city has already turned against him?

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

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

4. How can tyranny arise in a democratic state?

5. Why is democracy dangerous, according to Socrates?

6. What does the cave metaphor mean?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Republic discusses many grandiose themes such as knowledge, friendship, kinship, love, justice, economics, government, and religion at length. Choose a topic, along the same lines, that Plato missed in his dialogues. See if you can argue, based on text you've already read, how Plato or Socrates would weigh in on the issue. You may use current political debates (health care, euthanasia, abortion) as your topic if you desire. You do not need to to this, however.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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