Conversations of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Socrates claim he bears none of although his opponents do?

2. What is the main theme compared to in Chapter 2?

3. Who brought the charges against Socrates?

4. Whom does Socrates reference when illustrating his beliefs on suffering?

5. How does Socrates argue one can modify someone else's behavior?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How did Socrates' instruction benefit Crito in subsection 9 of Chapter 2, Book 2?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the third person point-of-view enhance and inhibit the story? How would this book be different if a different point of view were used?

Essay Topic 2

How is the time and place he lived reflected in Socrates' beliefs?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Socrates and Xenophon. How are their beliefs and teachings similar and different?

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