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. How does Xenophon end his discussion in subsection 10?

2. Whom does Socrates claim people should listen to if they are sick?

3. Who brought the charges against Socrates?

4. Subsection 8 shows Socrates interacting with ___________.

5. What does Xenophon report he overheard Socrates telling a friend?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Socrates open his defense, and how does he refer to the Oracle of Delphi as part of his argument?

7. What type of friends does Socrates tell Cristobulus that he should set to acquire?

8. How did Socrates' instruction benefit Crito in subsection 9 of Chapter 2, Book 2?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the third person point-of-view enhance and inhibit the story? How would this book be different if a different point of view were used?

Essay Topic 2

Investigate "Conversations of Socrates" as an apologia. How does it adhere to and differ from the typical apologia? What changes could be made to mark it more clearly as an apologia? What changes could be made to prevent critics from classifying the book as an apologia?

Essay Topic 3

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

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