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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 general definition of Love does Diotima provide?
(a) The desire to have the bad temporarily.
(b) The desire to have the good forever.
(c) The desire to have neither good nor bad.
(d) The desire to have both good or bad.

2. Who does Alcibiades request to listen to the story of his extreme actions with Socrates?
(a) Everyone.
(b) Only people who understand philosophy.
(c) Only people who do not understand philosophy.
(d) No one.

3. How many times has Alcibiades invited Socrates over for dinner?
(a) Once.
(b) Twice.
(c) Too many to count.
(d) Three times.

4. According to Diotima, how many people does a young person eventually become attracted to?
(a) Two.
(b) One.
(c) None.
(d) Many.

5. 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 no one is aware of his lifestyle.
(d) That he should not change his lifestyle.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Socrates think about the speeches he has just heard?

3. In Diotima's opinion, who is Love's father?

4. How drunk does Alcibiades want the other men at the party to be?

5. In Socrates' speech, how does he describe someone who searches for wisdom?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Agathon describe love?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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