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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What does Socrates tell Critobulus should be valued above all else?
(a) Intelligence.
(b) Good friends.
(c) Power.
(d) Wealth.

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

5. What is the main theme compared to in Chapter 2?
(a) Being a gentleman.
(b) An ancient text of the Phoenicians.
(c) Religious tenets from around the globe.
(d) The golden rule.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What behavior of Critias and Alcibiades did Socrates not approve of?

3. What does Meletus claim Socrates caused the youth to do?

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

5. How did Socrates benefit his associates and friends?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Socrates tell his oldest son when Lamprodes is angry with his mother Xanthippe?

2. Why is Memoirs of Socrates hard to date? What does the editor believe about the validity of the piece?

3. What positive aspects does Socrates list about the possibility of being convicted of the charges brought against him?

4. In subsection 1 of Chapter 2, Book 1, what does Xenophon say about Socrates in defense of the charges that he worshiped different gods than the state and introduced new deities?

5. According to the editor how does Xenophon's "Conversations of Socrates" compare to Plato's "Apology"?

6. How is the anecdote about Critias and Alebiades used to prove that Socrates did not have a negative effect on the youth?

7. What did Socrates try to teach Chaerephon and Chaerecrates in Subsection 3 of Chapter 2, Book 2?

8. In subsection 4 of Chapter 2, Book 1, how did Socrates motivate people to start being good?

9. How does Socrates' conversation with Antiphon serve to demonstrate that Socrates loved virtue?

10. What type of friends does Socrates tell Cristobulus that he should set to acquire?

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