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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 has Socrates caused Alcibiades to realize?
(a) That he needs to change his lifestyle.
(b) That others do not approve of his lifestyle.
(c) That he should not change his lifestyle.
(d) That no one is aware of his lifestyle.

2. According to Diotima's explanation, what will beasts die to protect?
(a) Their offspring.
(b) Love.
(c) Their pride.
(d) Status.

3. As explained by Socrates, which images can the young philosopher understand and reproduce?
(a) Virtue and wisdom, but not beauty.
(b) Virtue and beauty, but not wisdom.
(c) Beauty and wisdom, but not virtue.
(d) Virtue, beauty, and wisdom.

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

5. As explained by Socrates, what is the drive for immortality related to?
(a) The achievements, but not changes in a person's life.
(b) The changes, but not achievements in a person's life.
(c) Neither the changes nor the achievements in a person's life.
(d) The changes and achievements in a person's life.

Short Answer Questions

1. Besides having a child with a woman, how does Socrates think that some men express their "pregnancy"?

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

3. What does Diotima compare Love to in explaining its features?

4. How does Agathon describe love?

5. On what point do Socrates and Agathon agree?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Socrates' opinion of the speeches he has heard?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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