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 firmly believes that poets ______________.

2. In his discussion of education, Socrates says that arithmetic, geometry, and physics are worthwhile pursuits for which two groups of people?

3. Socrates believes that a philosopher is best rewarded in death if ________.

4. What assertion is made by Socrates when he responds to Adeimantus' point?

5. As a consequence of an elevated state of mind, Socrates explains that philosophers often have trouble_________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Socrates think that the forms of government are like forms in the human soul?

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

4. What is the ultimate goal of the philosopher, as explained by Socrates in Book VI? How does he attain this?

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

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

7. Why does Socrates think the Sophists are evil?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

According to Socrates position in Crito, how is the city the father of its citizen? How are his actions towards his family in Phaedo or his comments about his family in Apology consistent with or inconsistent with this position? Does this complicate the idea of Socrates as a hero?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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