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

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

3. What reason does Socrates give for why people fight in wars?
(a) They consider the enemy to be evil.
(b) They are really fighting a war within themselves.
(c) They believe in the causes they fight for.
(d) They think their names will live on.

4. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. As Agathon explains, where does love bring people together?

2. In Agathon's opinion, how does love win?

3. How many kinds of Love are there, according to Diotima?

4. Which one of the following is not included in Diotima's list of things that spirits help with?

5. Where is Diotima, Socrates' teacher, from?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Agathon disagree with Phaedrus in the beginning of his speech and why?

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