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

2. According to Socrates, what ideas can a man become "pregnant" with?
(a) How to best run a city and the nation.
(b) How to raise children.
(c) How to fight wars.
(d) How to resolve conflict without wars.

3. Why does Socrates object to Alcibiades' idea for a speech?
(a) He fears something confidential will be revealed.
(b) He fears something nasty will be said.
(c) He fears the others will not understand it.
(d) He fears Alcibiades will not be accurate.

4. In Agathon's opinion, how does love win?
(a) By force, never by persuasion.
(b) Mainly by force, and sometimes by persuasion.
(c) By persuasion, never by force.
(d) Mainly by persuasion, and sometimes by force.

5. According to Socrates, what is the lover directed towards?
(a) What he or she does not understand.
(b) What he or she already has.
(c) What he or she does not have.
(d) What he or she will never understand.

Short Answer Questions

1. What general definition of Love does Diotima provide?

2. According to Socrates, which love helps a philosopher reproduce an idea?

3. As explained by Socrates, what is the drive for immortality related to?

4. What is the source of the Platonic Dialogues?

5. In Socrates' speech, how does he describe someone who searches for wisdom?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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