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. When Phaedo first arrives at the prison, what is Socrates doing?

2. According to Socrates in Book VII, to what should all philosophers aspire?

3. Philosophers, according to Socrates' analogy, are which of the following?

4. In the then-present Greece, Socrates believes that __________.

5. In Socrates' cross-examination of Meletus, how does he make Meletus contradict himself?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why are poets dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of the "philosopher king" in The Republic? Do you agree or disagree with Plato's vision of a land ruled by philosophers instead of by politicians? Be sure to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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