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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What makes the Memoirs of Socrates hard to date?
(a) The document is in pieces.
(b) It is written with horrible grammar.
(c) Socrates himself denounced the writings.
(d) The conversations are poorly organized.

2. What did Socrates believe about the gods that led to his great respect for them?
(a) They were omniscient.
(b) They spoke to him continuously.
(c) He was equal to them.
(d) They protected him from harm.

3. What does the author point out about his Socratic writings in Chapter 1?
(a) They are not his best work.
(b) They are meant to slander Socrates.
(c) He plagiarized large portions of it.
(d) They were written with the express purpose of defending Socrates.

4. What does the editor emphasize should not prevent you from using worldly goods?
(a) The government.
(b) The amount of money you have.
(c) The virtue of self-discipline.
(d) The thoughts of other people.

5. When in his life is Xenophon reported to have written the memoirs?
(a) The memoirs are supposedly written posthumously.
(b) Xenophon did not do the writings himself.
(c) It is believed Xenophon wrote them late in his life.
(d) Xenophon reportedly wrote them as a young man.

6. What is Socrates' view on democracy?
(a) He had never heard of it.
(b) He thought it needed to be implemented instantly.
(c) He found it silly.
(d) He thought it the best way to run a country.

7. Socrates believes Lamprocles has ample reason to be grateful to _____________.
(a) His employer.
(b) Xanthippe.
(c) The dead.
(d) The gods.

8. At the start of subsection 3, whom does Socrates advise according to Xenophon?
(a) His nieces and nephews.
(b) Plato.
(c) The Oracle of Delphi.
(d) Two brothers, Chaerephon and Chaerecrates.

9. How does Socrates view suffering through free action?
(a) It is inevitable.
(b) You should inflict suffering on others to counteract it.
(c) It is better to suffer with others.
(d) It is better than involuntary suffering.

10. What are the main charges against Socrates?
(a) Not recognizing the gods of the State, introducing new deities, and corrupting the young.
(b) Freeing prisoners from jail, disrespecting the State in public, and theft of money.
(c) Revolutionary writings, murder of three men, and sacrificing too little to the gods.
(d) Treason against the State, kidnapping of a princess, and defiling a temple.

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

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

13. What does the editor believe about the validity of the writings?
(a) The writings are quasi-fictional.
(b) They are meant to be laughed at.
(c) The writings are a hoax.
(d) They are completely accurate.

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

15. How did Socrates benefit his associates and friends?
(a) He amused them.
(b) He protected them with military power.
(c) He gave them money.
(d) Through example and conversation.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Xenophon report he overheard Socrates telling a friend?

2. What does Xenophon argue that Socrates has never done?

3. What does the Oracle of Delphi have to say about Socrates?

4. What does Xenophon note about Socrates' prophecy?

5. Whom is Lamprocles becoming angry with that causes Socrates to teach him?

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