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 are the main charges against Socrates?

2. What does Socrates cite for the court to hear?

3. According to Socrates, why was he not introducing new deities?

4. At the start of subsection 3, whom does Socrates advise according to Xenophon?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why is Memoirs of Socrates hard to date? What does the editor believe about the validity of the piece?

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

8. How is the anecdote about Critias and Alebiades used to prove that Socrates did not have a negative effect on the youth?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Xenophon show that Socrates was a good man, and why does he feel this is important?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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