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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 is the general point of Book 2?
(a) To show Socrates did not corrupt his friends.
(b) To show Socrates as a deity.
(c) To show how Socrates could not be trusted.
(d) To show the weaknesses in Socrates' logic.

2. What does Socrates say should not be avoided completely on the path of liberty?
(a) Violence.
(b) Confrontation.
(c) The passions and vices one has.
(d) Reverence to the government.

3. What is the main theme of the Memoirs?
(a) Its not what you know; it's who you know.
(b) God does not exist.
(c) Socrates is always correct.
(d) The ideal of the true good.

4. Socrates claims he is not a slave to __________.
(a) His bodily desires.
(b) The government.
(c) Any religion.
(d) The wages of death.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Whom is Lamprocles becoming angry with that causes Socrates to teach him?

2. What does Socrates teach Crito in subsection 9?

3. What is free action according to the editor?

4. According to Socrates,what has not corrupted the youth?

5. What does Xenophon note about Socrates' prophecy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What does Xenophon note at the opening of Socrates' defense, and whom does he cite as an important source of information?

7. Why is Memoirs of Socrates hard to date? What does the editor believe about the validity of the piece?

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

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

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

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