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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Xenophon divide the Memoirs of Socrates?
(a) Into four books of largely the same length.
(b) Directly in half.
(c) Into eight books with four chapters each.
(d) He doesn't divide it all.

2. What is Xenophon confused by in the first subsection of Book 1?
(a) The military presence surrounding Socrates.
(b) The meaning Socrates is trying to convey.
(c) The importance of Socrates' trial.
(d) The accusation that Socrates is guilty of the charges.

3. What does Socrates tell Critobulus should be valued above all else?
(a) Good friends.
(b) Power.
(c) Intelligence.
(d) Wealth.

4. What does Xenophon argue Socrates could not lead people to do?
(a) Work in his garden.
(b) Commit sacrilege.
(c) Lead a revolt in Athens.
(d) Completely live in a truly good fashion.

5. What does Meletus claim Socrates caused the youth to do?
(a) Listen to him and not their parents.
(b) Destroy holy relics.
(c) End their own lives.
(d) Rebel against the government.

6. What did Socrates prophesy about in Chapter 1?
(a) The fall of Greece.
(b) His own fate.
(c) Anytus' future.
(d) A victory in battle.

7. What does Socrates emphasize about the outcome of the trial?
(a) He wished to become a martyr.
(b) The fates would protect him.
(c) It was never a fair trial.
(d) Everyone dies eventually.

8. Whom does Socrates reference when illustrating his beliefs on suffering?
(a) He references Heracles.
(b) He references Plato.
(c) He references Meletus.
(d) He references Xenophon.

9. What did the gods oppose Socrates doing in his own view?
(a) Dreaming.
(b) Showing humility.
(c) Using force to defend himself.
(d) Working on his defense.

10. Why does the Editor present Socrates Defense first?
(a) He believes it is Xenophon's first Socratic dialogue.
(b) He believes it will catch the reader's attention.
(c) He thought it was too long to be at the end.
(d) He did not place it there; it is at the end.

11. Whom does Socrates claim people should listen to if they are sick?
(a) Their parents.
(b) A doctor.
(c) No one.
(d) The gods.

12. What is Crito able to use to his advantage in subsection 9?
(a) His extreme strength.
(b) His friendship with Archedemus.
(c) His telepathic powers.
(d) His social status.

13. How does Socrates teach his associates they should act in respect to food, drink, sex, and sleep?
(a) They should fear them.
(b) They should live to excess.
(c) They should disregard these vices as unnecessary.
(d) They should be self-disciplined.

14. What were Socrates' friends doing that mystified him?
(a) Chanting his name.
(b) Praying for his release.
(c) Calling him God.
(d) Crying as he was led away.

15. In the second subsection of Book 1, what does Xenophon deny Socrates has done?
(a) Bribed him for protection.
(b) Met the Oracle of Delphi.
(c) Had a negative effect on the youth.
(d) Spoke to the gods.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Socrates say should not be avoided completely on the path of liberty?

2. What does Socrates tell Critobulus he should do to deserve good people in his life?

3. What does Xenophon note about Socrates' prophecy?

4. What does Hermogenes claim could be the outcome of the trial?

5. What had Socrates decided that made him appear arrogant, according to Xenophon?

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