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 an oligarchy?

2. Socrates explains that the common man sees the philosopher as useless because_________.

3. After a philosopher's formal education is complete in the Republic, what does Socrates' think is the next step in his training?

4. What must the philosopher, according to Socrates in Book VI, employ in order to attain knowledge of "absolute good"?

5. In Book IX, how does Socrates describe a tyrant?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the cave metaphor mean?

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

5. What is the point of Socrates' discussion of evil and injustice after death?

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

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

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

9. Why are poets dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Plato's and Socrates's Republic would be a good place to live. Agree or disagree? Use examples from the text to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

In the first book of The Republic, Socrates seems more confused about justice and what it actually means, but by Apology it seems that Socrates has a clearly picture of justice. Compare/contrast these two viewpoints. What has changed in Socrates' mind? What does this say about Plato's philosophy?

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