Conversations of Socrates Test | Final 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. Whom does Socrates wish to help in his conversation with Aristippus in subsection 8?

2. How did Socrates teach about morality and piety according to Xenophon?

3. What was the person Socrates chided upset about?

4. How does Socrates teach people with good ambitions according to Xenophon in Book 3?

5. Whom does Socrates have a discussion with about right conduct in subsection 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Xenophon justify his claim that Socrates was so devout that he did nothing without divine sanction?

2. What does Socrates say about being a good general?

3. In the first subsection of Chapter 2, Book 4, what does Xenophon claim about spending time with Socrates?

4. Why does Socrates claim his friends need to learn responsibility before any other virtue?

5. What did Socrates tell Euthydemus about the nature of religiosity in subsection 6 of Chapter 2, Book 4?

6. What does Socrates tell Charmides about his use of his administrative abilities?

7. Describe the conversation about beauty between Socrates and Critobulus in Chapter 3, subsection 5.

8. Why is Socrates proud and how does he defend his claim?

9. How does the dinner party of Chapter 3 come to be?

10. Why does Euthydemus think himself wise, and what does Socrates conclude after conversing with him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How is Xenophon's "Conversations of Socrates" similar to and different from Plato's "Apology"? Why do these two works warrant a comparison at all?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

How would the book be different if Xenophon felt that Socrates deserved to die?

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