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

2. What does Aristippus try to trap Socrates into claiming?

3. What does Xenophon feel Socrates could do based on individual's needs?

4. Whom does Socrates claim makes what is right into what is lawful?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Socrates learn about Theodote in Chapter 2, Book 3, Subsection 11, and how does he instruct her?

4. What does Socrates tell his companions at the dinner party about love in subsection 8 of Chapter 3?

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. How does Xenophon demonstrate that Socrates displayed his conception of morality and piety by following it in the fourth subsection of Chapter 2, Book 4?

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

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

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

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