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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Socrates claims that he learned about love from which of the following?
(a) Alcibides.
(b) Plato.
(c) Diotima.
(d) Meno.

2. When Meno arrives in Athens, who is accompanying him?
(a) His wife.
(b) A large group of slaves.
(c) A small militia unit.
(d) Nobody, he is alone.

3. Before Socrates delivers his speech, he cross- examines Agathon about which of the following?
(a) How one can know that he is truly in love.
(b) Agathon's poetic license.
(c) Whether loves is necessarily possible.
(d) Whether love is necessarily beautiful.

4. Who is the surprise visitor to the symposium, and why does he come?
(a) Aristotle arrives late because he traveled farther than the others.
(b) Appolodorus comes because he is angry he wasn't invited.
(c) There is no surprise visitor.
(d) Alcibiades comes because he is drunk and wants to seduce Socrates.

5. What are "the three"?
(a) The members of the dialogue.
(b) The constitution of the city's government.
(c) Religious temples in Socrates' ideal republic.
(d) The diagram that Socrates uses to prove the soul is immortal.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the character who narrates <i>Symposium</i>?

2. Socrates argues that laws are___________.

3. What do Socrates' interlocutors object to in the beginning of <i>Book V</i>?

4. Describe Meno's appearance and attitude when he meets Socrates.

5. Which of the following does Socrates reason about poetry?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the irony of the following statement as it relates to Ion: "Plato is the supreme enemy of art and is also the supreme artist."

2. Why does Socrates think philosophers make the best rulers?

3. Does Thrasymachus like Socrates? Why or why not?

4. What is the purpose of Aristophanes' myth about men and women once being unified and then split apart? How does he end his story?

5. What is the crucial difference, according to Socrates, between the common man and the philosopher?

6. How is the story of the Symposium framed? How does this relate to the cultural values of the Greeks?

7. What is an art, according to Socrates?

8. How does Socrates use metaphors to explain Ion's inspiration? How does this relate to the practice of art or philosophy?

9. What does Diotima teach Socrates about love? How does this compare to Aristophanes' view?

10. Whom does Socrates think is to be chosen to rule the city and why?

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