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. When in his life is Xenophon reported to have written the memoirs?

2. What are the standards of virtue as seen by Socrates?

3. How does Socrates view suffering through free action?

4. Who brought the charges against Socrates?

5. How do the books show Socrates delivering his message to people?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Socrates instruct others to change throughout this book? Detail the changes he inspires and the reasons behind those changes.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

How are the different symbols used throughout "Conversations of Socrates" to represent abstract concepts? Detail and explain how the symbols are used to describe certain abstract concepts and which concepts they describe.

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