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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whose permission does Socrates seek before asking Agathon questions?
(a) Aristophanes.
(b) Pausanius.
(c) Phaedrus.
(d) Eryximachus.

2. Why does Diotima think Love is not a god?
(a) Love cannot understand the language of the Gods.
(b) Love cannot create things.
(c) Love can die quickly.
(d) Love cannot make laws.

3. As explained by Socrates, which images can the young philosopher understand and reproduce?
(a) Virtue, beauty, and wisdom.
(b) Virtue and wisdom, but not beauty.
(c) Beauty and wisdom, but not virtue.
(d) Virtue and beauty, but not wisdom.

4. What general definition of Love does Diotima provide?
(a) The desire to have the good forever.
(b) The desire to have the bad temporarily.
(c) The desire to have both good or bad.
(d) The desire to have neither good nor bad.

5. In Diotima's opinion, what is the confusing point of Love?
(a) It is what the lover might or might not feel.
(b) It is what the lover feels.
(c) It is what the lover cannot feel.
(d) It is what the lover should not feel.

6. In Agathon's opinion, what does love compel people to do?
(a) Mostly the right thing, but sometimes the wrong thing.
(b) The wrong thing.
(c) The right thing.
(d) Mostly the wrong thing, but sometimes the right thing.

7. As explained by Socrates, is love ugly or beautiful?
(a) It is somewhere between ugly and beautiful.
(b) It is mostly ugly.
(c) It is mostly beautiful.
(d) It is neither ugly nor beautiful.

8. How does Homer describe love's feet in the passage quoted by Agathon?
(a) Heavy.
(b) Sensitive.
(c) Determined.
(d) Quick.

9. What has Socrates caused Alcibiades to realize?
(a) That no one is aware of his lifestyle.
(b) That others do not approve of his lifestyle.
(c) That he needs to change his lifestyle.
(d) That he should not change his lifestyle.

10. According to Alcibiades, what tactic does not work with Socrates?
(a) Flattery.
(b) Fear.
(c) Manipulation.
(d) Bribery.

11. What does Socrates think about the speeches he has just heard?
(a) They are too logical.
(b) They are filled with the truth.
(c) They make no sense.
(d) They are filled with lies.

12. What is the source of the Platonic Dialogues?
(a) The conversations between Socrates and friends.
(b) The mentoring of young minds by Socrates.
(c) The mentoring of other philosophers by Socrates.
(d) The conversations between Socrates and strangers.

13. According to Agathon, who can love capture?
(a) Poseidon.
(b) Apollo.
(c) Dionysus.
(d) Ares.

14. Who objects to the drinking taking place in Chapter 8?
(a) Socrates.
(b) Aristophanes.
(c) Agathon.
(d) Eryximachus.

15. What example does Socrates use as a tale that has lived throughout generations?
(a) Heracles.
(b) Achilles.
(c) Agamemnon.
(d) Odysseus.

Short Answer Questions

1. As explained by Diotima, how many people is a young person initially attracted to?

2. Who does Alcibiades compare Socrates to in his speech?

3. How does Diotima think a young person should interact with beautiful minds?

4. What reason does Socrates give for why people fight in wars?

5. In Alcibiades' opinion, why does Socrates associate with young boys?

(see the answer keys)

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