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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. 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.

2. At the start of subsection 7, what does Xenophon relate Socrates has done for his friends?
(a) Helped them through difficulties.
(b) Spoken for them.
(c) Provided them with entertainment.
(d) Burdened them.

3. According to Socrates,what has not corrupted the youth?
(a) The texts they have read.
(b) His practice of virtue.
(c) The government.
(d) The food they eat.

4. How does Xenophon divide the Memoirs of Socrates?
(a) Into eight books with four chapters each.
(b) He doesn't divide it all.
(c) Into four books of largely the same length.
(d) Directly in half.

5. How did Critias and Alcibiades do great damage to Athens?
(a) Committing treason.
(b) Releasing animals from their cages.
(c) They started a fire.
(d) As oligarchs.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Plato think of Socrates' defense at the trial?

2. What did Socrates believe about the gods that led to his great respect for them?

3. Who does Alcibiades have a discussion with about the nature of law?

4. What had Socrates decided that made him appear arrogant, according to Xenophon?

5. What does Meletus claim Socrates caused the youth to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

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