PHL 303-01
Spring, 2013
Quiz 2 due Wednesday, May 1, 2013


As indicated on the syllabus,  you will have an opportunity to take three short take-home quizzes, which together will count for 50% of your grade, and

These will be handed out at least 4 days before they are due.  Late quizzes will receive a 15% grading penalty for each day they are late.  Unless otherwise indicated, please complete the quiz in less than 500 words.  All work, except in-class writings, is to be typed.  Quizzes are to be turned in on the date due with a copy emailed to me at  In addition to the file attachment, please paste the text of your answers into your message. (Syllabus)

You can take this exam alone or as part of a group (please keep group numbers at four or less). If you do this as a group, please turn in one exam with every member's name on it, making sure every member of your group has a copy. When you revise your essay, try to make sure that what you have written demonstrates your knowledge of the texts, lectures, and issues.  Indicate your sources, including class notes, and conversations with fellow students.

If you do the exam as a group, for every member of the group who is to receive credit for your exam, please  indicate that group member's contribution(s).   Choose and answer ONE of the following 3 questions. 


1. Briefly explain what Confucius, Buber, Plato and Lao Tzu say about the best students.  What can be learned from this about becoming better learners? [Note:  For purposes of Quiz 2, the Buber section is optional.]

2. Compare Confucius, Plato, and Lau Tzu on what sages/philosophers should do when they find themselves in a corrupt society.   Which one seems most prudent?  Why?


3.  Compare the beginning of the Tao Te Ching to the beginning of the Analects or  I and Thou.    What does the comparison suggest about how to live?  

By or before the due date of Wednesday, May 1, 2013, please bring your exam to class and email a copy of your exam to me at