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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When did Socrates think about his defense?
(a) When he was summoned for the trial.
(b) For three months prior to the trial.
(c) For one week in a cell.
(d) All of the time.

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

3. How does Socrates teach his associates they should act in respect to food, drink, sex, and sleep?
(a) They should be self-disciplined.
(b) They should live to excess.
(c) They should fear them.
(d) They should disregard these vices as unnecessary.

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

5. What does Socrates say should not be avoided completely on the path of liberty?
(a) Violence.
(b) The passions and vices one has.
(c) Reverence to the government.
(d) Confrontation.

6. What did Socrates encourage people to do?
(a) Denounce false gods.
(b) Enjoy their worldly possessions.
(c) Follow what they thought was right and develop their talents.
(d) Rebel against the government.

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

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

9. Whom does Socrates reference when illustrating his beliefs on suffering?
(a) He references Plato.
(b) He references Xenophon.
(c) He references Meletus.
(d) He references Heracles.

10. What does Hermogenes claim could be the outcome of the trial?
(a) Socrates could confess despite his innocence.
(b) A hopeless deadlock among the jurors.
(c) Socrates could be convicted.
(d) Socrates could be guilty of something else.

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

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) The writings are quasi-fictional.
(d) They are completely accurate.

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

14. What had Socrates decided that made him appear arrogant, according to Xenophon?
(a) He could outwit Xenophon.
(b) He was far superior to everyone there.
(c) He could bribe his way out of the trial.
(d) Death was better than life.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Socrates teach Crito in subsection 9?

2. What does Critobulus worry about good men?

3. How do the books show Socrates delivering his message to people?

4. What is Xenophon confused by in the first subsection of Book 1?

5. Why does Socrates believe he is rich when Antiphon questions his modest lifestyle?

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