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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) Burdened them.
(b) Spoken for them.
(c) Helped them through difficulties.
(d) Provided them with entertainment.

2. How does Plato compare to Xenophon as a philosopher?
(a) Plato is inferior to Xenophon.
(b) Plato is a better philosopher.
(c) They are too similar to compare.
(d) They are about equal.

3. Who asked the Oracle at Delphi about Socrates?
(a) Xenophon.
(b) Plato.
(c) Chaerephon.
(d) Meletus.

4. What did the gods oppose Socrates doing in his own view?
(a) Working on his defense.
(b) Dreaming.
(c) Showing humility.
(d) Using force to defend himself.

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

6. What does Socrates teach Crito in subsection 9?
(a) How to find refuge from social interaction.
(b) How to escape from prison.
(c) How to sing.
(d) A new recipe for wine.

7. According to Xenophon, who are examples of good men Socrates has taught?
(a) Crito and Cebes.
(b) Critias and Alcibiades.
(c) Plato and himself.
(d) Pericles and Meletus.

8. What does Socrates believe most people undervalue?
(a) Their friends.
(b) Their civic duty.
(c) Religion.
(d) A hard day's work.

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

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

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

12. What did Critias and Alcibiades control while under Socrates tutelage?
(a) All the wealth in Athens.
(b) Their natural vices.
(c) Socrates' finances.
(d) The fate of all of Greece.

13. What are the standards of virtue as seen by Socrates?
(a) Wisdom, justice, self-control, and piety.
(b) Patience is the only virtue according to Socrates.
(c) Time management and athletic ability.
(d) Wealth and slave owning.

14. What does Xenophon argue that Socrates has never done?
(a) Listened to others.
(b) Sacrificed to the gods.
(c) Uttered a heretical word.
(d) Obeyed laws.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Subsection 8 shows Socrates interacting with ___________.

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

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

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

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

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