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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Socrates,what has not corrupted the youth?
(a) The government.
(b) His practice of virtue.
(c) The food they eat.
(d) The texts they have read.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Xenophon report he overheard Socrates telling a friend?
(a) To avoid worshipping the gods.
(b) To not be distressed by poverty.
(c) To always honor the gods.
(d) To work harder.

10. Whom is Lamprocles becoming angry with that causes Socrates to teach him?
(a) His mother.
(b) The government.
(c) His brother.
(d) The gods.

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

12. What is Crito able to use to his advantage in subsection 9?
(a) His social status.
(b) His friendship with Archedemus.
(c) His telepathic powers.
(d) His extreme strength.

13. What did Socrates not encourage his students to do?
(a) Join the military.
(b) Pay taxes.
(c) Read other teachings besides his.
(d) Become tyrants.

14. 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.

15. According to Socrates, what is his financial situation?
(a) He is a financial hardship to his friends.
(b) He owes many debts.
(c) He is wealthy beyond necessity.
(d) He is not in debt.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Plato think of Socrates' defense at the trial?

2. How did Socrates benefit his associates and friends?

3. How did Critias and Alcibiades do great damage to Athens?

4. According to Socrates, why was he not introducing new deities?

5. What additional virtue is Socrates credited with having?

(see the answer keys)

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