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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 free action according to the editor?
(a) Action that leads to free money.
(b) Action that chooses good and is not hampered by vice.
(c) Action done recklessly and quickly.
(d) An unattainable goal.

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

3. What does Hermogenes claim could be the outcome of the trial?
(a) A hopeless deadlock among the jurors.
(b) Socrates could be convicted.
(c) Socrates could confess despite his innocence.
(d) Socrates could be guilty of something else.

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

5. Why does the Editor present Socrates Defense first?
(a) He thought it was too long to be at the end.
(b) He believes it will catch the reader's attention.
(c) He did not place it there; it is at the end.
(d) He believes it is Xenophon's first Socratic dialogue.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the main charges against Socrates?

2. Whom does Socrates have a conversation with that illustrates his belief on self-discipline?

3. What did the gods oppose Socrates doing in his own view?

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

5. What does the author point out about his Socratic writings in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What positive aspects does Socrates list about the possibility of being convicted of the charges brought against him?

7. What does Xenophon note at the opening of Socrates' defense, and whom does he cite as an important source of information?

8. What type of friends does Socrates tell Cristobulus that he should set to acquire?

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

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

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