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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. Who does Alcibiades request to listen to the story of his extreme actions with Socrates?
(a) No one.
(b) Everyone.
(c) Only people who do not understand philosophy.
(d) Only people who understand philosophy.

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

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

4. For what does Socrates give Agathon credit?
(a) Recommending love to only those who deserve it.
(b) Recommending love to everyone.
(c) Giving such a broad definition of love.
(d) Giving such a detailed definition of love.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. On what point do Socrates and Agathon agree?

2. How does Diotima define a spirit?

3. What part of Agathon's speech does Socrates compliment?

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

5. According to Alcibiades, what type of music are Socrates' speeches comparable to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Agathon describe love?

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

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

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. How does Socrates' theory of passing on knowledge apply to his own life?

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

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

9. According to Socrates, what is the origin of love?

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

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