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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. In Socrates' speech, how does he describe someone who searches for wisdom?
(a) In between wise and ignorant.
(b) Neither wise nor ignorant.
(c) Ignorant.
(d) Wise.

2. As explained by Alcibiades, how does Socrates make him feel?
(a) Ashamed.
(b) Bold.
(c) Intelligent.
(d) Afraid.

3. How does Diotima think women are helped to give birth?
(a) By looking at beauty.
(b) By looking at, understanding, and then ignoring beauty.
(c) By understanding beauty.
(d) By ignoring beauty.

4. What example does Socrates use as a tale that has lived throughout generations?
(a) Agamemnon.
(b) Heracles.
(c) Achilles.
(d) Odysseus.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to Socrates, what is the lover directed towards?

3. What general definition of Love does Diotima provide?

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

5. Why does Diotima think Love is not a god?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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