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

2. In the second subsection of Book 1, what does Xenophon deny Socrates has done?

3. What are the standards of virtue as seen by Socrates?

4. How does Xenophon end his discussion in subsection 10?

5. What are the main charges against Socrates?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Ischomachus tell Socrates about his daily activities?

3. How does Xenophon justify his claim that Socrates was so devout that he did nothing without divine sanction?

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

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

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

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

8. How do the men at the dinner party react to seeing the passionate kissing between Ariadne and Dionysus?

9. What does Socrates tell Critobulus about living in poverty in the second subsection of Chapter 4?

10. Why is Socrates proud and how does he defend his claim?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Socrates and Xenophon. How are their beliefs and teachings similar and different?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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