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. The tyrannical man, according to Socrates, is characterized by___________.

2. According to Socrates' opinion, what is the second happiest social class of man in the world?

3. Socrates' republic would have a ruling _________.

4. What is Socrates' view on the nature of death, particularly his own?

5. Tyranny is most likely to occur under which form of government?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can tyranny arise in a democratic state?

2. What does the cave metaphor mean?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Which trumps the other, according to Socrates, the laws of Athens or the gods?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Does Socrates "learning as a recollection of old knowledge" thesis in Meno help prove his argument for the immortal soul in Phaedo? Why or why not?

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

In Apology Socrates claims quite famously that: "the unexamined life is not worth living." Discuss the ramifications of the statement, and prove its validity in your own words. How might a Sophist try to disprove this assertion? How might Socrates answer these rebuttals?

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