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. Subsection 8 shows Socrates interacting with ___________.

2. How does Xenophon divide the Memoirs of Socrates?

3. What does Critobulus worry about good men?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 foreshadowing used in "Conversations of Socrates"? Choose one major instance of foreshadowing and follow it through the book, finishing with how the event is fulfilled.

Essay Topic 3

What charges was Socrates accused and convicted of, and how does Xenophon defend Socrates against each of these charges in "Conversations of Socrates"?

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