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 did Socrates not encourage his students to do?

2. What does Socrates say is the best defense he could have?

3. What does Xenophon argue that Socrates has never done?

4. What does the editor believe about the validity of the writings?

5. What did Socrates encourage people to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

9. In subsection 1 of Chapter 2, Book 1, what does Xenophon say about Socrates in defense of the charges that he worshiped different gods than the state and introduced new deities?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

What charges was Socrates accused and convicted of, and how does Xenophon defend Socrates against each of these charges in "Conversations of Socrates"?

Essay Topic 3

What is the main topic of conversation at Callias' dinner party in Chapter 3, and how does Socrates feel about this topic?

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