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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. How did Socrates benefit his associates and friends?

2. What does Critobulus worry about good men?

3. What did Socrates not encourage his students to do?

4. How does Socrates teach his associates they should act in respect to food, drink, sex, and sleep?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Socrates act out of public piety to show his students how to live good lives?

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

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

4. What does Xenophon note at the opening of Socrates' defense, and whom does he cite as an important source of information?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

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 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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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