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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. How does Plato compare to Xenophon as a philosopher?
(a) Plato is a better philosopher.
(b) They are about equal.
(c) They are too similar to compare.
(d) Plato is inferior to Xenophon.

2. What is Xenophon confused by in the first subsection of Book 1?
(a) The accusation that Socrates is guilty of the charges.
(b) The meaning Socrates is trying to convey.
(c) The importance of Socrates' trial.
(d) The military presence surrounding Socrates.

3. According to Socrates,what has not corrupted the youth?
(a) The government.
(b) The texts they have read.
(c) The food they eat.
(d) His practice of virtue.

4. What did Socrates believe about the gods that led to his great respect for them?
(a) They spoke to him continuously.
(b) They were omniscient.
(c) They protected him from harm.
(d) He was equal to them.

5. Whom does Socrates have a conversation with that illustrates his belief on self-discipline?
(a) The Greek god of war.
(b) Aristippus.
(c) Himself.
(d) The goddess Athena.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the standards of virtue as seen by Socrates?

2. What had Socrates decided that made him appear arrogant, according to Xenophon?

3. What does Xenophon discuss with Critobulus in Subsection 6?

4. What did Socrates encourage people to do?

5. What does Socrates praise in a homily to show that he loved virtue?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Socrates open his defense, and how does he refer to the Oracle of Delphi as part of his argument?

2. How did Socrates' instruction benefit Crito in subsection 9 of Chapter 2, Book 2?

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

4. What does Socrates say in response to the charge of corrupting the young?

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

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

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

8. According to Xenophon why was Socrates convicted, and how was his fate appropriate?

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

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

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