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

2. At the start of subsection 7, what does Xenophon relate Socrates has done for his friends?
(a) Spoken for them.
(b) Helped them through difficulties.
(c) Burdened them.
(d) Provided them with entertainment.

3. What does Plato think of Socrates' defense at the trial?
(a) It echoes his own thoughts.
(b) It is based on falsehoods.
(c) It is utter nonsense.
(d) He has an arrogant tone.

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

5. What had Socrates decided that made him appear arrogant, according to Xenophon?
(a) He could outwit Xenophon.
(b) Death was better than life.
(c) He could bribe his way out of the trial.
(d) He was far superior to everyone there.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did Socrates think about his defense?

2. Subsection 8 shows Socrates interacting with ___________.

3. According to Xenophon, who are examples of good men Socrates has taught?

4. What does Socrates argue no one has done because of him?

5. What is the general point of Book 2?

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

3. How did Socrates act out of public piety to show his students how to live good lives?

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

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

6. What positive aspects does Socrates list about the possibility of being convicted of the charges brought against him?

7. How does Xenophon define the concept to the "true good" in Chapter 2, Book 1?

8. 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?

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

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

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