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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. When in his life is Xenophon reported to have written the memoirs?
(a) Xenophon did not do the writings himself.
(b) It is believed Xenophon wrote them late in his life.
(c) The memoirs are supposedly written posthumously.
(d) Xenophon reportedly wrote them as a young man.

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

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

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

5. What forced the jurors to condemn Socrates, according to Xenophon?
(a) Government influence.
(b) Socrates' appearance.
(c) The gods.
(d) Socrates' arrogance.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Socrates not encourage his students to do?

2. How does Socrates view suffering through free action?

3. What is Socrates' view on democracy?

4. What are the main charges against Socrates?

5. What does the editor emphasize should not prevent you from using worldly goods?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Socrates tell his companions at the dinner party about love in subsection 8 of Chapter 3?

4. What do the men at the dinner party claim as the reasons for their pride, and what happens when the men discuss the value of what each man claims to possess?

5. 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?

6. How does Xenophon feel about the accusation that Socrates turned his students against their parents? How does he feel Athens should have felt about Socrates?

7. Describe Socrates conversation about self-discipline with Euthydemus.

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

9. How does Socrates try to convince Nicomachides that Antisthenes can succeed as a general?

10. Why did Socrates have an arrogant tone at his trial according to Xenophon?

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