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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 additional virtue is Socrates credited with having?
(a) He is a brilliant alchemist.
(b) The virtue of silence.
(c) The ability to teach others.
(d) The ability to perform magic.

2. What did Socrates prophesy about in Chapter 1?
(a) A victory in battle.
(b) Anytus' future.
(c) The fall of Greece.
(d) His own fate.

3. What does the author point out about his Socratic writings in Chapter 1?
(a) He plagiarized large portions of it.
(b) They are meant to slander Socrates.
(c) They are not his best work.
(d) They were written with the express purpose of defending Socrates.

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

5. What is the general point of Book 2?
(a) To show how Socrates could not be trusted.
(b) To show Socrates as a deity.
(c) To show the weaknesses in Socrates' logic.
(d) To show Socrates did not corrupt his friends.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the problem with the refugees Aristarchus is housing?

3. What are the main charges against Socrates?

4. How does Xenophon divide the Memoirs of Socrates?

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

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

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

5. What does Xenophon note at the opening of Socrates' defense, and whom does he cite as an important source of information?

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

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

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

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

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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