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 is primarily charged with________________.

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

3. What does Socrates think his dream means?

4. In Book VII Socrates weaves an analogy suggesting that the common man is like________.

5. To Socrates, government is best analogized as being similar to the human _________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How can tyranny arise in a democratic state?

2. What objection does Cebes raise about Socrates view on death?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why are poets dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

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

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?

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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