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. In Apology, Socrates defends himself specifically from accusations made by___________.

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

4. Socrates is primarily charged with________________.

5. According to Socrates, what did the Oracle at Delphi tell Socrates and Cherephon?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is democracy dangerous, according to Socrates?

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

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

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

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

6. Why are poets dangerous, according to Socrates?

7. What does the cave metaphor mean?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Socrates plan for his city's rulers to not be corrupted by power? Do you think his plan is practical?

Essay Topic 2

In Meno, Socrates introduces the idea that learning is really a recollection of past knowledge. Where else in the dialogues or the Republic is this idea addressed? How is it different from Socrates' conception of learning in Meno? What challenges might we pose for Plato's theory of epistemology?

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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