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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. Which one of the following is not listed by Socrates as an idea that can be transmitted through love?
(a) Virtue.
(b) Politics.
(c) Government.
(d) War.

2. Who does Alcibiades compare Socrates to in his speech?
(a) Eumaros.
(b) Melanthios.
(c) Marsyas.
(d) Athenion.

3. As explained to Socrates by Diotima, what event brings Love's mother and father together?
(a) Aphrodite's birth.
(b) Alcmene's birth.
(c) Athena's birth.
(d) Artemis' birth.

4. According to Alcibiades, what are Socrates' claims that he knows nothing?
(a) An act.
(b) The truth.
(c) Sarcasm.
(d) Hypocrisy.

5. As Agathon explains, where does love bring people together?
(a) Anywhere and everywhere.
(b) The battlefield.
(c) Politics.
(d) Parties.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What general definition of Love does Diotima provide?

3. Who does Alcibiades request to listen to the story of his extreme actions with Socrates?

4. How many times has Alcibiades invited Socrates over for dinner?

5. What example does Socrates use as a tale that has lived throughout generations?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What events does Alcibiades describe in his speech, and how do they show that Socrates cannot be bribed?

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

(see the answer keys)

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