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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. At the start of subsection 3, whom does Socrates advise according to Xenophon?

2. What did Socrates prophesy about in Chapter 1?

3. What is Xenophon explaining at the onset of subsection 4?

4. Why does Socrates believe he is rich when Antiphon questions his modest lifestyle?

5. What is the problem with the refugees Aristarchus is housing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Socrates tell his oldest son when Lamprodes is angry with his mother Xanthippe?

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

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

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

9. Why does the editor present Socrates' defense first in this collection of Socratic dialogues?

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

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 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

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

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