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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Whom does Socrates claim people should listen to if they are sick?
(a) A doctor.
(b) No one.
(c) Their parents.
(d) The gods.

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

5. Socrates believes Lamprocles has ample reason to be grateful to _____________.
(a) His employer.
(b) The gods.
(c) Xanthippe.
(d) The dead.

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

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

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

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

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

11. What is the problem with the refugees Aristarchus is housing?
(a) They are a rowdy bunch.
(b) They refuse to bathe.
(c) They are drunk all of the time.
(d) They do not work.

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

13. What does Xenophon note about Socrates' prophecy?
(a) He was right.
(b) He does not believe him.
(c) The outcome is yet unknown.
(d) The time it was made.

14. What does Socrates argue no one has done because of him?
(a) Deserted the army.
(b) Died.
(c) Committed treason.
(d) Stopped worshiping the gods.

15. What does Xenophon argue the city of Athens should do to Socrates?
(a) Revere him as a god.
(b) Execute him.
(c) Praise him for his good deeds.
(d) Banish him from the city.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What had Socrates decided that made him appear arrogant, according to Xenophon?

3. What did Socrates encourage people to do?

4. At the start of subsection 7, what does Xenophon relate Socrates has done for his friends?

5. Whom does Socrates reference when illustrating his beliefs on suffering?

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