Phaedrus 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 does Phaedras say makes something debatable?

2. How many kinds of inspiration do the gods provide?

3. What does Socrates say good writing will be able to do?

4. What does Socrates always hope the hearers of his speeches will form?

5. What does Phaedras say writers consider themselves above?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Phaedras say is a common trait among writers, and why?

2. What does Socrates say was missing from Lysias's speech that made it less than art?

3. What are the four kinds of divine inspiration, and where do they come from?

4. What does Phaedras say a man must do if he wants to make something appear differently?

5. What does Socrates say about the white chariot horse in his love analogy?

6. What is the synthesis method of analyzing speeches?

7. What does true beauty do to a man according to Socrates?

8. What is the only thing that can ease the pain of a soul overcome by desire, according to Socrates?

9. What does Phaedras say rhetoric is designed for?

10. What does Socrates say those who have loved will receive, even if they lead less rewarding lives?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What kind of relationship does Phaedras have with Lysias, and what effect does this have on his encounter with Socrates?

Essay Topic 2

Lysias is a minor character whose presence makes a big difference in the plot. How does he accomplish this? What are some ways that his presence, however brief, alters the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if he had not been in the book at all?

Essay Topic 3

How does Thamus feel about the written word, and how does this idea shape the progress of his nation?

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