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 did Socrates not encourage his students to do?

2. According to Xenophon, who are examples of good men Socrates has taught?

3. What does Plato think of Socrates' defense at the trial?

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

5. Why does Socrates believe he is rich when Antiphon questions his modest lifestyle?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

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

4. How does Socrates feel about the value of friends?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Choose one of the main themes in this book (charges against Socrates, Socrates' virtue, true good, love and responsibility) and detail its recurrences throughout the book. What does it add to the story? How does it affect the different individuals?

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