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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 Socrates teach his associates they should act in respect to food, drink, sex, and sleep?
(a) They should fear them.
(b) They should be self-disciplined.
(c) They should live to excess.
(d) They should disregard these vices as unnecessary.

2. What are the main charges against Socrates?
(a) Revolutionary writings, murder of three men, and sacrificing too little to the gods.
(b) Not recognizing the gods of the State, introducing new deities, and corrupting the young.
(c) Treason against the State, kidnapping of a princess, and defiling a temple.
(d) Freeing prisoners from jail, disrespecting the State in public, and theft of money.

3. What behavior of Critias and Alcibiades did Socrates not approve of?
(a) Their exotic dress.
(b) Singing in public.
(c) Their use of alcohol.
(d) Performing executions.

4. What does Xenophon argue Socrates could not lead people to do?
(a) Commit sacrilege.
(b) Work in his garden.
(c) Lead a revolt in Athens.
(d) Completely live in a truly good fashion.

5. What does Socrates say is the best defense he could have?
(a) His fists.
(b) His cunning and wit.
(c) Having done nothing wrong.
(d) A pocketful of money.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Hermogenes claim could be the outcome of the trial?

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

3. What is Xenophon explaining at the onset of subsection 4?

4. What is Crito able to use to his advantage in subsection 9?

5. At the start of subsection 7, what does Xenophon relate Socrates has done for his friends?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Socrates help Aristarchus sort through ignorance and deficiencies?

10. What type of friends does Socrates tell Cristobulus that he should set to acquire?

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