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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 is the main theme of the Memoirs?
(a) God does not exist.
(b) Its not what you know; it's who you know.
(c) The ideal of the true good.
(d) Socrates is always correct.

2. How did Socrates benefit his associates and friends?
(a) He amused them.
(b) He gave them money.
(c) Through example and conversation.
(d) He protected them with military power.

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

4. Whom does Socrates have a conversation with that illustrates his belief on self-discipline?
(a) Himself.
(b) Aristippus.
(c) The goddess Athena.
(d) The Greek god of war.

5. What is Xenophon explaining at the onset of subsection 4?
(a) Reasons to execute Socrates.
(b) His role in the trial of Socrates.
(c) Socrates' views on friendship.
(d) An argument he had with Plato.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. What does Socrates teach Crito in subsection 9?

4. What behavior of Critias and Alcibiades did Socrates not approve of?

5. What does Book 2 show Socrates did?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Xenophon define the concept to the "true good" in Chapter 2, Book 1?

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

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

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

5. Describe the conversation between Pericles and Alcibiades in subsection 2 of Chapter 2, Book 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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