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

2. What does Hermogenes claim could be the outcome of the trial?
(a) A hopeless deadlock among the jurors.
(b) Socrates could be guilty of something else.
(c) Socrates could be convicted.
(d) Socrates could confess despite his innocence.

3. What does Socrates teach Crito in subsection 9?
(a) How to sing.
(b) A new recipe for wine.
(c) How to escape from prison.
(d) How to find refuge from social interaction.

4. How does Socrates view suffering through free action?
(a) It is inevitable.
(b) It is better than involuntary suffering.
(c) It is better to suffer with others.
(d) You should inflict suffering on others to counteract it.

5. What does Socrates argue no one has done because of him?
(a) Stopped worshiping the gods.
(b) Deserted the army.
(c) Died.
(d) Committed treason.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the editor believe about the validity of the writings?

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

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

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

5. How does Xenophon divide the Memoirs of Socrates?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Socrates feel about the value of friends?

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

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

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

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