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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. According to Alcibiades, what type of music are Socrates' speeches comparable to?
(a) Tribal drums.
(b) A string quartet.
(c) Piano waltzes.
(d) Flute playing.

2. In Diotima's opinion, what does a potential philosopher learn about beautiful minds?
(a) They are more important than beautiful bodies.
(b) They have the same importance as beautiful bodies.
(c) Neither beautiful minds nor bodies are important.
(d) They are less important than beautiful bodies.

3. According to Alcibiades, what are Socrates' claims that he knows nothing?
(a) Sarcasm.
(b) The truth.
(c) An act.
(d) Hypocrisy.

4. Who does Alcibiades compare Socrates to in his speech?
(a) Eumaros.
(b) Athenion.
(c) Marsyas.
(d) Melanthios.

5. How does Diotima think a young person should interact with beautiful minds?
(a) Neither gain knowledge nor give ideas to them.
(b) Only gain knowledge from them.
(c) Only give ideas to them.
(d) Exchange knowledge and ideas with them.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which one of the following is not listed by Socrates as an idea that can be transmitted through love?

2. What does Socrates tell Alcibiades about his political efforts?

3. As explained by Socrates, is love ugly or beautiful?

4. According to Socrates, what ideas can a man become "pregnant" with?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What accusation does Alcibiades make against Socrates and why?

2. What are the statues of Silenus and why does Alcibiades include them in his speech?

3. How does Agathon disagree with Phaedrus in the beginning of his speech and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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