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 is Crito able to use to his advantage in subsection 9?

2. How does Socrates argue one can modify someone else's behavior?

3. Socrates believes Lamprocles has ample reason to be grateful to _____________.

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

5. What were Socrates' friends doing that mystified him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Socrates say in response to the charge of corrupting the young?

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

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

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 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

What does Socrates think about poverty, and why?

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