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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What is Xenophon explaining at the onset of subsection 4?
(a) Reasons to execute Socrates.
(b) His role in the trial of Socrates.
(c) An argument he had with Plato.
(d) Socrates' views on friendship.

4. What is the main theme of the Memoirs?
(a) Socrates is always correct.
(b) The ideal of the true good.
(c) God does not exist.
(d) Its not what you know; it's who you know.

5. Why does Socrates believe he is rich when Antiphon questions his modest lifestyle?
(a) He has the favor of the gods.
(b) The money he has hidden.
(c) The notoriety he has attained.
(d) His philosophical pursuits.

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

7. What does Socrates cite for the court to hear?
(a) His virtues.
(b) His religious beliefs.
(c) The words the god spoke to him.
(d) The laws of Greece.

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

9. 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.

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

11. What is free action according to the editor?
(a) Action that chooses good and is not hampered by vice.
(b) Action done recklessly and quickly.
(c) An unattainable goal.
(d) Action that leads to free money.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Socrates believe most people undervalue?

2. Whom does Socrates claim people should listen to if they are sick?

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

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

5. What is Socrates' disposition as he is being led away?

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