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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the Oracle of Delphi have to say about Socrates?
(a) He was not to be trusted.
(b) He needed to be silenced.
(c) The Oracle thought he was foolish.
(d) He was the most free and most prudent of all people.

2. 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) They are completely accurate.
(d) The writings are a hoax.

3. Ultimately, what is Socrates' Defense?
(a) A testament to hard work.
(b) A work of religious greatness.
(c) A guide to life.
(d) A pamphlet as opposed to a book.

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

5. 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 accusation that Socrates is guilty of the charges.
(d) The importance of Socrates' trial.

6. What did Socrates not encourage his students to do?
(a) Pay taxes.
(b) Become tyrants.
(c) Read other teachings besides his.
(d) Join the military.

7. At the start of subsection 7, what does Xenophon relate Socrates has done for his friends?
(a) Helped them through difficulties.
(b) Burdened them.
(c) Spoken for them.
(d) Provided them with entertainment.

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

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

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

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

12. What does Xenophon discuss with Critobulus in Subsection 6?
(a) How one should acquire friends.
(b) The fate of Socrates.
(c) His fear of death.
(d) A book he had read.

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

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

15. What does Socrates tell Critobulus he should do to deserve good people in his life?
(a) Ignore the views of the government.
(b) Sacrifice himself to the gods.
(c) Make himself a good man.
(d) Buy his friends.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Socrates encourage people to do?

2. Who is Hermogenes' father?

3. When in his life is Xenophon reported to have written the memoirs?

4. What were Socrates' friends doing that mystified him?

5. What are the standards of virtue as seen by Socrates?

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