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

2. What does Socrates claim he bears none of although his opponents do?
(a) He bears no ill will.
(b) He bears no shame.
(c) He bears no burden of proof.
(d) He bears no false witness.

3. What is Socrates' disposition as he is being led away?
(a) He is cheerful.
(b) He is overcome with rage.
(c) He is trembling.
(d) He is extremely sad.

4. What were Socrates' friends doing that mystified him?
(a) Chanting his name.
(b) Calling him God.
(c) Praying for his release.
(d) Crying as he was led away.

5. What does Xenophon discuss with Critobulus in Subsection 6?
(a) His fear of death.
(b) A book he had read.
(c) How one should acquire friends.
(d) The fate of Socrates.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Socrates teach Crito in subsection 9?

2. What does Socrates tell Critobulus should be valued above all else?

3. What is the main theme of the Memoirs?

4. How did Critias and Alcibiades do great damage to Athens?

5. What did Socrates not encourage his students to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In subsection 1 of Chapter 2, Book 1, what does Xenophon say about Socrates in defense of the charges that he worshiped different gods than the state and introduced new deities?

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 Xenophon feel about the accusation that Socrates turned his students against their parents? How does he feel Athens should have felt about Socrates?

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

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

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

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

9. What were the main charges that Socrates was accused of at his trial?

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

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