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

2. What does Socrates say should not be avoided completely on the path of liberty?
(a) The passions and vices one has.
(b) Violence.
(c) Confrontation.
(d) Reverence to the government.

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

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

5. Socrates claims he is not a slave to __________.
(a) The government.
(b) The wages of death.
(c) His bodily desires.
(d) Any religion.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Xenophon argue Socrates could not lead people to do?

2. What does Socrates praise in a homily to show that he loved virtue?

3. Who asked the Oracle at Delphi about Socrates?

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

5. What does Socrates believe most people undervalue?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Socrates' conversation with Aristippus illustrate that he encouraged his friends to be self-disciplined with regard to their bodily desires?

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

5. In subsection 4 of Chapter 2, Book 1, how did Socrates motivate people to start being good?

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

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

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

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

10. According to Xenophon why was Socrates convicted, and how was his fate appropriate?

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