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. What was the first thing Socrates said his friends needed?

2. What does Hermogenes delight in?

3. How does Xenophon feel about spending time with Socrates?

4. What does Socrates question Theodote about?

5. What does Socrates claim all of the men should demonstrate?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Socrates conversation with Pericles in the fifth subsection of Chapter 2, Book 3.

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

3. What do the men at the dinner party claim as the reasons for their pride, and what happens when the men discuss the value of what each man claims to possess?

4. What is Socrates' opinion of how courage is acquired?

5. How do the men at the dinner party react to seeing the passionate kissing between Ariadne and Dionysus?

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

7. What do the men at the dinner party do in the sixth and seventh subsections of Chapter 3?

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

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

10. What does Socrates claim about the difference between physical love and love of the mind in Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Socrates and Xenophon. How are their beliefs and teachings similar and different?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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