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Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. If led by true philosophers, Socrates argues that the republic would__________________.

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

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

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

5. According to Socrates' radical math, the tyrant's life is 729 times________.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Phaedo Socrates promotes the idea that philosophy is preparing for dying, and that a true philosopher should not fear death but welcome it. Would Socrates then be able to justify suicide as a good thing? Why or why not? Do you think Socrates commits suicide? 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

Is the city that Socrates builds in the The Republic actually feasible? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to justify your answer.

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