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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Socrates tell Aristodemus the gods deserve esteem?
(a) They had given men knowledge and a mind.
(b) They made sure you had food.
(c) It was the law to regard them with esteem.
(d) The gods told him personally.

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

6. How did Critias and Alcibiades do great damage to Athens?
(a) As oligarchs.
(b) They started a fire.
(c) Committing treason.
(d) Releasing animals from their cages.

7. What does Socrates say is the best defense he could have?
(a) A pocketful of money.
(b) His cunning and wit.
(c) His fists.
(d) Having done nothing wrong.

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

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

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

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

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

13. What does Book 2 show Socrates did?
(a) Encourage people to be violent.
(b) Promote civil unrest.
(c) Encourage his friends to be good.
(d) Commit blasphemy against the gods.

14. What does Critobulus worry about good men?
(a) They are only good due to wealth.
(b) They have malicious intentions.
(c) They often quarrel and treat each other poorly.
(d) They are deceiving the world.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Xenophon discuss with Critobulus in Subsection 6?

3. Socrates claims he is not a slave to __________.

4. What does Socrates argue no one has done because of him?

5. What did Socrates encourage people to do?

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