Socratic Irony: Definition & Examples


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Socratic irony is the practice of simulating ignorance in order to reveal another person's:

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1. First used by Plato to refer to Socrates, the Greek term eironeia originally meant:

2. Referring to Socratic irony, while pretending not to know what he was talking about, Socrates would engage his interlocutors with a series of:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Socratic irony is a method in which someone feigns ignorance in an attempt to draw out the flaws in their opponent's argument. This quiz and worksheet combination will ask questions about this method in an attempt to ascertain your knowledge of it.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will ask questions regarding:

  • Plato
  • Socratic irony in the classroom
  • Definition of eironeia and Socratic irony

Skills Practiced

You will be able to practice the following study skills as you take this quiz:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as Socratic irony and eironeia
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding groups of people who use Socratic irony
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the uses of Socratic irony

Additional Learning

Deepen your understanding of Socratic irony by reviewing the accompanying lesson Socratic Irony: Definition & Examples which goes into more detail about:

  • Socratic irony and the Socratic Method
  • Examples of Socratic irony