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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. Where is Diotima, Socrates' teacher, from?
(a) Tripoli.
(b) Dimitsana.
(c) Levidi.
(d) Mantineia.

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

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

4. In Socrates' opinion, what usually happens to the children of people who invent laws?
(a) They are disrespected.
(b) They are remembered.
(c) They are forgotten.
(d) They are respected.

5. What part of Agathon's speech does Socrates compliment?
(a) The ending.
(b) The beginning.
(c) None of it.
(d) The middle.

Short Answer Questions

1. How drunk does Alcibiades want the other men at the party to be?

2. Who objects to the drinking taking place in Chapter 8?

3. What are the "statues of Silenus"?

4. According to Socrates, what ideas can a man become "pregnant" with?

5. According to Alcibiades, what are Socrates' claims that he knows nothing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How can men become "pregnant," according to Socrates?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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