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

2. 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 should not feel.
(c) It is what the lover cannot feel.
(d) It is what the lover feels.

3. How drunk does Alcibiades want the other men at the party to be?
(a) More drunk than he is.
(b) As drunk as he is.
(c) Less drunk than he is.
(d) He does not want them to drink at all.

4. What does Diotima tell Socrates about Love's function?
(a) It allows humans to taste immortality.
(b) It allows the wise to feel ignorant.
(c) It allows humans to understand immortality.
(d) It allows the ignorant to feel wise.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. For what does Socrates give Agathon credit?

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

3. Besides having a child with a woman, how does Socrates think that some men express their "pregnancy"?

4. In Agathon's opinion, what does love compel people to do?

5. According to Diotima, how many people does a young person eventually become attracted to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of the questions that Socrates asks Agathon at the beginning of his speech and on what point do they agree?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Agathon describe love?

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

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