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

2. What does Socrates believe most people undervalue?

3. What behavior of Critias and Alcibiades did Socrates not approve of?

4. What does Socrates teach Crito in subsection 9?

5. How did Socrates benefit his associates and friends?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Xenophon feel about the accusation that Socrates turned his students against their parents? How does he feel Athens should have felt about Socrates?

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

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

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

7. How does Xenophon define the concept to the "true good" in Chapter 2, Book 1?

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

9. How is the anecdote about Critias and Alebiades used to prove that Socrates did not have a negative effect on the youth?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How would the book be different if Xenophon felt that Socrates deserved to die?

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

Who is Ischomachus, and why does Socrates feel he reflects the ideal of the truly good man?

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