10. The Plato Exam

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Module 1

1: Orientation  
2: Goals   

Instructions for Lesson 10

For Lesson 10, the whole drill is the exam: studying for it, preparing to write it, and writing it. In one other word, COW.

As a way to finish and focus your review for this exam, you may want to re-read Hacker 113-115 (section 28) about selecting a thesis and organizing your evidence to support it. In any case, don't begin to write the exam essay itself until your game plan for writing is clearly in place. Before going into the exam, know what the conclusion of your essay will be, what evidence will you use to support that conclusion, and how you will organize that evidence in your presentation.

Study, review Module 2, and plan for the exam. Then, take up to a maximum of an hour and forty minutes to write the exam, and submit it to the instructor.



Left: Although Socrates did not invent the mirror, he seems to have discovered a new way to use it.

Module 2

  3: Euthyphro  
     4: The Library
 5: The Apology   
    6: Citation   
    7: Crito
    8: Phaedo  
    9: Exam Prep   
10: Plato Exam

Module 3

11: Research Project 
12: Research 101   
13: Books   
14: the Librarian   
15: the Web   
16: conferences  
17: Joy of Research 
18: Reasoning 

Module 4

19: Outlines 
20: Review the Plan:
21: Language 
22: Dr E's Grammar
23: Peer Review  
24: Hit Parade 

Module 5

25: About the Exam
26: Mock Final 
27: Exam Prep
28: Graduation 



Take a maximum of one hour and forty minutes to write this essay exam. If you have not finished your essay in the time allowed, then submit as much as you have done when time expired.

During the exam, you may consult your textbooks, any notes that you have made, and the pages of the course web site (including linked pages). However, DO NOT bring a written draft of the essay to the exam. The sources have been covered in Lesson 3 ("Euthyphro"), Lesson 5 ("Apology"), Lesson 7 ("Crito"), Lessons 8 ("Phaedo"), and Lesson 9 (how to study). If you quote, paraphrase or summarize from any sources written by other people, be sure to avoid plagiarism by using the proper form of citation.

This exam counts up to five points; it will be evaluated according to the grading score sheet presented in an earlier Lesson.


Write an original essay that describes the character of Socrates, as he appears in Plato's dialogues.

Use MLA format to document all quotations, paraphrases, and summaries of sources.

















Left: an Arab Socrates from the Middle Ages. Not everybody's picture of Socrates is the same.




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