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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. How does Agathon compare love with other desires?
(a) It is one of the weakest desires.
(b) It is one of the strongest desires.
(c) It is the strongest desire.
(d) It is the weakest desire.

2. How does Diotima define a spirit?
(a) Something that divides mortals and Gods.
(b) Something that does not speak to either mortals or Gods.
(c) Something that causes mortals to fear Gods.
(d) Something that connects mortals and Gods.

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

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

5. What phrase does Socrates use to refer to the practice of learning?
(a) The hypothesis of the forgotten hypothesis.
(b) The hypothesis of the remembered hypothesis.
(c) The hypothesis of the higher hypothesis.
(d) The hypothesis of the changing hypothesis.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Agathon, what effect does love have on bad things?

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

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

4. Which one of the following is not included in the things Agathon thinks are associated with love?

5. How does Alcibiades claim that Socrates assaulted him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Diotima and what is significant about the experience Socrates had with her?

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

4. What events does Alcibiades describe in his speech, and how do they show that Socrates cannot be bribed?

5. At the conclusion of his speech, what does Socrates states is the true power or purpose of love?

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

7. How does Diotima help Socrates understand how a person can become a philosopher through love?

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

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

10. What is the definition that Socrates gives of love?

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