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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 did Critias and Alcibiades do great damage to Athens?
(a) Committing treason.
(b) As oligarchs.
(c) Releasing animals from their cages.
(d) They started a fire.

2. Whom is Lamprocles becoming angry with that causes Socrates to teach him?
(a) The government.
(b) His mother.
(c) His brother.
(d) The gods.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the second subsection of Book 1, what does Xenophon deny Socrates has done?

3. According to Socrates, what is his financial situation?

4. How does Xenophon end his discussion in subsection 10?

5. Whom does Socrates have a conversation with that illustrates his belief on self-discipline?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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