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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. Who does Alcibiades have a discussion with about the nature of law?
(a) Xenophon.
(b) Plato.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Pericles.

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

3. What are the main charges against Socrates?
(a) Treason against the State, kidnapping of a princess, and defiling a temple.
(b) Freeing prisoners from jail, disrespecting the State in public, and theft of money.
(c) Revolutionary writings, murder of three men, and sacrificing too little to the gods.
(d) Not recognizing the gods of the State, introducing new deities, and corrupting the young.

4. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the gods oppose Socrates doing in his own view?

2. What does Socrates tell Critobulus should be valued above all else?

3. What does Socrates cite for the court to hear?

4. What does Socrates argue no one has done because of him?

5. When did Socrates think about his defense?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the conversation about why those with equal knowledge do not seem to have equal achievements, as related in the conversation in subsection 20 of Chapter 4 between Socrates and Ischomachus.

2. How does Xenophon define the concept to the "true good" in Chapter 2, Book 1?

3. What does Socrates claim about the difference between physical love and love of the mind in Chapter 3?

4. What did Socrates tell Euthydemus about the nature of religiosity in subsection 6 of Chapter 2, Book 4?

5. What does Socrates say about being a good general?

6. What does Socrates tell Cristobulus he should do in order to deserve good friends who are also good people?

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

8. Describe the conversation between Pericles and Alcibiades in subsection 2 of Chapter 2, Book 1.

9. How do the men at the dinner party react to seeing the passionate kissing between Ariadne and Dionysus?

10. What does Socrates say about eating in subsection 14 of Chapter 2, Book 3?

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