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

2. What is the general point of Book 2?

3. What did Socrates not encourage his students to do?

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

5. What does Xenophon discuss with Critobulus in Subsection 6?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are the different symbols used throughout "Conversations of Socrates" to represent abstract concepts? Detail and explain how the symbols are used to describe certain abstract concepts and which concepts they describe.

Essay Topic 2

Who is Ischomachus, and why does Socrates feel he reflects the ideal of the truly good man?

Essay Topic 3

Find two conversations that address the same topic in this collection. Compare and contrast these two anecdotes.

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