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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Whom does Socrates have a conversation with that illustrates his belief on self-discipline?
(a) The Greek god of war.
(b) Aristippus.
(c) The goddess Athena.
(d) Himself.

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

4. What does Plato think of Socrates' defense at the trial?
(a) It echoes his own thoughts.
(b) He has an arrogant tone.
(c) It is utter nonsense.
(d) It is based on falsehoods.

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

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

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

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

9. What does Socrates believe most people undervalue?
(a) Their civic duty.
(b) Their friends.
(c) Religion.
(d) A hard day's work.

10. What is the problem with the refugees Aristarchus is housing?
(a) They are a rowdy bunch.
(b) They refuse to bathe.
(c) They do not work.
(d) They are drunk all of the time.

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

12. What does Xenophon report he overheard Socrates telling a friend?
(a) To not be distressed by poverty.
(b) To always honor the gods.
(c) To work harder.
(d) To avoid worshipping the gods.

13. How does Xenophon end his discussion in subsection 10?
(a) By recounting a discussion between Socrates and Diodorus.
(b) By condemning Socrates as a heretic.
(c) By questioning his own authority.
(d) By allowing Socrates to leave.

14. Who is Hermogenes' father?
(a) Plato.
(b) Hipponicus.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Xenophon.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Xenophon note about Socrates' prophecy?

2. How did Critias and Alcibiades do great damage to Athens?

3. Who asked the Oracle at Delphi about Socrates?

4. How does Socrates teach his associates they should act in respect to food, drink, sex, and sleep?

5. How does Xenophon divide the Memoirs of Socrates?

(see the answer keys)

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