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

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

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

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

5. What does Socrates emphasize about the outcome of the trial?
(a) He wished to become a martyr.
(b) The fates would protect him.
(c) Everyone dies eventually.
(d) It was never a fair trial.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Socrates believe most people undervalue?

2. Who does Alcibiades have a discussion with about the nature of law?

3. What did Socrates encourage people to do?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the editor present Socrates' defense first in this collection of Socratic dialogues?

2. What were the main charges that Socrates was accused of at his trial?

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

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

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

6. Why doesn't Socrates prepare for his defense before the trial?

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

8. In Chapter 2, Book 1, what does the editor clarify about the concepts of self-discipline and free action?

9. How does Socrates' conversation with Aristippus illustrate that he encouraged his friends to be self-disciplined with regard to their bodily desires?

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

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