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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. Who brought the charges against Socrates?

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

3. Socrates believes Lamprocles has ample reason to be grateful to _____________.

4. What had Socrates decided that made him appear arrogant, according to Xenophon?

5. What is Xenophon confused by in the first subsection of Book 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the purpose of the editor beginning this collection of Socratic dialogues with Socrates' Defense?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

How is the concept of the "true good" defined in Memoirs of Socrates, and how do the stories in this chapter reflect this idea?

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