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

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

3. What does Socrates tell Critobulus should be valued above all else?
(a) Good friends.
(b) Wealth.
(c) Intelligence.
(d) Power.

4. What does Socrates cite for the court to hear?
(a) The words the god spoke to him.
(b) His virtues.
(c) His religious beliefs.
(d) The laws of Greece.

5. What does Plato think of Socrates' defense at the trial?
(a) He has an arrogant tone.
(b) It is based on falsehoods.
(c) It is utter nonsense.
(d) It echoes his own thoughts.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Critias and Alcibiades control while under Socrates tutelage?

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

3. What does the editor believe about the validity of the writings?

4. According to Socrates,what has not corrupted the youth?

5. What is the main theme of the Memoirs?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why is Memoirs of Socrates hard to date? What does the editor believe about the validity of the piece?

8. 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?

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

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

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