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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) For three months prior to the trial.
(b) All of the time.
(c) For one week in a cell.
(d) When he was summoned for the trial.

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

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

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

5. What is the general point of Book 2?
(a) To show Socrates as a deity.
(b) To show the weaknesses in Socrates' logic.
(c) To show how Socrates could not be trusted.
(d) To show Socrates did not corrupt his friends.

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

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

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

9. What does Socrates tell Critobulus he should do to deserve good people in his life?
(a) Ignore the views of the government.
(b) Buy his friends.
(c) Make himself a good man.
(d) Sacrifice himself to the gods.

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

11. What does Plato think of Socrates' defense at the trial?
(a) It echoes his own thoughts.
(b) It is utter nonsense.
(c) It is based on falsehoods.
(d) He has an arrogant tone.

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

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

14. How do the books show Socrates delivering his message to people?
(a) He uses homilies to deliver his message.
(b) He uses a series of paintings.
(c) He writes people letters.
(d) He delivers his message through song.

15. Who brought the charges against Socrates?
(a) The Spartans led by Xenophon.
(b) The Athenian people led by Meletus.
(c) Plato and his followers.
(d) The Oracle of Delphi.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the main charges against Socrates?

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

3. How does Plato compare to Xenophon as a philosopher?

4. What does Hermogenes claim could be the outcome of the trial?

5. Whom is Lamprocles becoming angry with that causes Socrates to teach him?

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