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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 did Socrates encourage people to do?
(a) Follow what they thought was right and develop their talents.
(b) Denounce false gods.
(c) Rebel against the government.
(d) Enjoy their worldly possessions.

2. Who is Hermogenes' father?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Hipponicus.
(c) Xenophon.
(d) Plato.

3. Who brought the charges against Socrates?
(a) Plato and his followers.
(b) The Oracle of Delphi.
(c) The Athenian people led by Meletus.
(d) The Spartans led by Xenophon.

4. What does Socrates tell Critobulus he should do to deserve good people in his life?
(a) Sacrifice himself to the gods.
(b) Buy his friends.
(c) Make himself a good man.
(d) Ignore the views of the government.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Xenophon divide the Memoirs of Socrates?

3. Why does Socrates tell Aristodemus the gods deserve esteem?

4. What does Xenophon argue that Socrates has never done?

5. What does Xenophon report he overheard Socrates telling a friend?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How did Socrates' instruction benefit Crito in subsection 9 of Chapter 2, Book 2?

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

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