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Preparing for the quiz -- Feb 5, 2009

Here are some questions to review with respect to book 3 of Republic. The quiz may cover other matters though, and any material from previous quizzes is fair game, so do a careful review. Pay particular attention to the summary notes on this blog.

What kinds of stories does Plato want to exclude from his ideal city? What are his reasons for excluding the stories he excludes?

Why is acting in a play more dangerous than reading a story, if the actions depicted are of the wrong sort?

What stance does the Republic take on the following matters:

Physical and artistic education?
Erotic relationships between grown men and boys?
Medicine?
Food?
The economic status of rulers and soldiers?
The proper criteria for selecting rulers?

What is the function and point of the myth of the metals, at the end of book 3.