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. What does Socrates say is the best defense he could have?

2. What does Socrates tell Critobulus should be valued above all else?

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

4. Subsection 8 shows Socrates interacting with ___________.

5. What did Critias and Alcibiades control while under Socrates tutelage?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. Why is Memoirs of Socrates hard to date? What does the editor believe about the validity of the piece?

6. What did Socrates try to teach Chaerephon and Chaerecrates in Subsection 3 of Chapter 2, Book 2?

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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

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