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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 is the main theme compared to in Chapter 2?

2. What does the editor emphasize should not prevent you from using worldly goods?

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

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

5. What does Socrates say should not be avoided completely on the path of liberty?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What did Socrates try to teach Chaerephon and Chaerecrates in Subsection 3 of Chapter 2, Book 2?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is Xenophon's "Conversations of Socrates" similar to and different from Plato's "Apology"? Why do these two works warrant a comparison at all?

Essay Topic 2

How would the book be different if Xenophon felt that Socrates deserved to die?

Essay Topic 3

How do the minor people in this book affect the plot? How would this book be different if one or more of these people were removed?

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