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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) They started a fire.
(b) As oligarchs.
(c) Releasing animals from their cages.
(d) Committing treason.

2. 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) Work in his garden.
(d) Commit sacrilege.

3. Who does Alcibiades have a discussion with about the nature of law?
(a) Pericles.
(b) Plato.
(c) Socrates.
(d) Xenophon.

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

5. According to Socrates, why was he not introducing new deities?
(a) He had a prophetic dream.
(b) He had heard of the new deities from foreigners.
(c) One of the gods had spoken to him.
(d) He refused to give a reason.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What is the general point of Book 2?

4. What are the standards of virtue as seen by Socrates?

5. At the start of subsection 3, whom does Socrates advise according to Xenophon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why doesn't Socrates prepare for his defense before the trial?

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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