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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 describe love?
(a) The strongest of the gods.
(b) The weakest of the gods.
(c) The eldest of the gods.
(d) The youngest of the gods.

2. How does Alcibiades claim that Socrates assaulted him?
(a) Verbally.
(b) Physically.
(c) He does not claim that Socrates assaulted him.
(d) Mentally.

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

4. Where does Diotima think that Love sleeps?
(a) In the streets and fields.
(b) On a cloud.
(c) In a bed.
(d) On the rocks and hills.

5. How does Socrates view people in Alcibiades' view?
(a) He does not care if they are beautiful or rich.
(b) He prefers them to be both beautiful and rich.
(c) He does not care if they are beautiful, as long as they are rich.
(d) He does not care if they are rich, as long as they are beautiful.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Socrates object to Alcibiades' idea for a speech?

2. What general definition of Love does Diotima provide?

3. According to Diotima's explanation, what will beasts die to protect?

4. Which one of the following is not used by Diotima to describe Love?

5. What characteristics does love have, according to Agathon?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. As explained by Socrates, what is the confusing part of love and what are some of the different kinds of love that exist?

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

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

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

8. What is Socrates' opinion of the speeches he has heard?

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

10. What is Alcibiades' condition when he interrupts the party, and what does he encourage the other guests to do?

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