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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. In Socrates' opinion, what usually happens to the children of people who invent laws?
(a) They are disrespected.
(b) They are respected.
(c) They are forgotten.
(d) They are remembered.

2. As explained by Diotima, how many people is a young person initially attracted to?
(a) None.
(b) Many.
(c) One.
(d) Two.

3. Which one of the following is not included in Diotima's list of things that spirits help with?
(a) Prayers.
(b) Fortune telling.
(c) Reason.
(d) Dreams.

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

5. 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 conversations between Socrates and strangers.
(d) The mentoring of other philosophers by Socrates.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Socrates view people in Alcibiades' view?

2. Where is Diotima, Socrates' teacher, from?

3. What general definition of Love does Diotima provide?

4. For what does Socrates give Agathon credit?

5. In the example Socrates provides, what city's laws are "fathered" by Solon?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Socrates, what is the origin of love?

2. How does Socrates' theory of passing on knowledge apply to his own life?

3. What suggestion does Alcibiades make, why does Socrates object to it, and how does Alcibiades convince him to allow it?

4. Why does Socrates believe that love cannot be beautiful or ugly, and what analogy does he use?

5. According to Alcibiades, what effect did Socrates have on him?

6. What does love have the power to do, according to Agathon?

7. What examples does Socrates provide of what men can leave behind?

8. Why does Socrates think that love is a spirit?

9. In Socrates' opinion, what does a person's achievements have to do with love, and which example does he use?

10. What does Socrates think the function of love is?

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