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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. What characteristics does love have, according to Agathon?
(a) Soft and rough.
(b) Soft, but coarse.
(c) Soft and tender.
(d) Rough, but tender.

2. Which one of the following is not included in Diotima's list of things that spirits help with?
(a) Dreams.
(b) Prayers.
(c) Reason.
(d) Fortune telling.

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

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

5. What are the "statues of Silenus"?
(a) Statues with statues of the gods inside of them.
(b) Statues of the gods.
(c) Statues that are approved by the gods.
(d) Statues that are protected by the gods.

Short Answer Questions

1. What phrase does Socrates use to refer to the practice of learning?

2. How does Diotima think women are helped to give birth?

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

4. Where does Diotima think that Love sleeps?

5. As explained by Diotima, how many people is a young person initially attracted to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Agathon describe love?

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. Why does Socrates think that love is a spirit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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