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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Socrates claims he is not a slave to __________.
(a) His bodily desires.
(b) The wages of death.
(c) The government.
(d) Any religion.

2. How does Socrates argue one can modify someone else's behavior?
(a) By deserting them.
(b) By providing behavior incentives.
(c) By force.
(d) By ignoring them until they change.

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

4. According to Socrates, why was he not introducing new deities?
(a) He refused to give a reason.
(b) He had heard of the new deities from foreigners.
(c) He had a prophetic dream.
(d) One of the gods had spoken to him.

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

6. What additional virtue is Socrates credited with having?
(a) The ability to teach others.
(b) The ability to perform magic.
(c) He is a brilliant alchemist.
(d) The virtue of silence.

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

8. What does Socrates claim he bears none of although his opponents do?
(a) He bears no shame.
(b) He bears no burden of proof.
(c) He bears no false witness.
(d) He bears no ill will.

9. Who does Alcibiades have a discussion with about the nature of law?
(a) Plato.
(b) Socrates.
(c) Xenophon.
(d) Pericles.

10. What is the general point of Book 2?
(a) To show Socrates did not corrupt his friends.
(b) To show the weaknesses in Socrates' logic.
(c) To show how Socrates could not be trusted.
(d) To show Socrates as a deity.

11. What does Socrates say should not be avoided completely on the path of liberty?
(a) Violence.
(b) Confrontation.
(c) Reverence to the government.
(d) The passions and vices one has.

12. According to Socrates, what is his financial situation?
(a) He is wealthy beyond necessity.
(b) He is a financial hardship to his friends.
(c) He owes many debts.
(d) He is not in debt.

13. When did Socrates think about his defense?
(a) When he was summoned for the trial.
(b) For one week in a cell.
(c) For three months prior to the trial.
(d) All of the time.

14. What does Xenophon argue the city of Athens should do to Socrates?
(a) Banish him from the city.
(b) Revere him as a god.
(c) Execute him.
(d) Praise him for his good deeds.

15. Subsection 8 shows Socrates interacting with ___________.
(a) New deities.
(b) A young beggar on the street.
(c) Revolutionaries.
(d) His friend Eutherus.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Socrates encourage people to do?

2. What does the editor emphasize should not prevent you from using worldly goods?

3. How does Xenophon divide the Memoirs of Socrates?

4. In the second subsection of Book 1, what does Xenophon deny Socrates has done?

5. What is Xenophon explaining at the onset of subsection 4?

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