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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 say should not be avoided completely on the path of liberty?

2. Who does Alcibiades have a discussion with about the nature of law?

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

4. What is free action according to the editor?

5. When in his life is Xenophon reported to have written the memoirs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Socrates argue that those who are well off cannot distance themselves from agriculture?

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

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

4. What does Socrates claim about the difference between physical love and love of the mind in Chapter 3?

5. What did Socrates tell Euthydemus about the nature of religiosity in subsection 6 of Chapter 2, Book 4?

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

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

8. Why does Socrates claim his friends need to learn responsibility before any other virtue?

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. What does Socrates learn about Theodote in Chapter 2, Book 3, Subsection 11, and how does he instruct her?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

How does Socrates instruct others to change throughout this book? Detail the changes he inspires and the reasons behind those changes.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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