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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 does Diotima compare Love to in explaining its features?
(a) A wrong opinion.
(b) An opinion that is neither right nor wrong.
(c) An opinion that can be perceived as right by some and wrong by others.
(d) A right opinion.

2. According to Diotima, who is Love's mother?
(a) Wealth.
(b) Intelligence.
(c) Poverty.
(d) Ignorance.

3. On what point do Socrates and Agathon agree?
(a) Love is the love of something.
(b) Love has no origin.
(c) Love is the love of nothing.
(d) Love has multiple origins.

4. In Alcibiades' opinion, why does Socrates associate with young boys?
(a) He is excited by them.
(b) He is trying to change them.
(c) He is confused by them.
(d) He is reminded of his youth by them.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Diotima's opinion, what is the confusing point of Love?

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

3. Who does Socrates refer to as an example of a remembered writer?

4. What does Diotima tell Socrates about Love's function?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. As explained by Socrates, what is the confusing part of love and what are some of the different kinds of love that exist?

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

3. Who is Diotima and what is significant about the experience Socrates had with her?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(see the answer keys)

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