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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. Whose permission does Socrates seek before asking Agathon questions?
(a) Pausanius.
(b) Eryximachus.
(c) Phaedrus.
(d) Aristophanes.

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

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

4. In Diotima's opinion, who is Love's father?
(a) Resource.
(b) Will.
(c) Skill.
(d) Power.

5. In Socrates' opinion, what usually happens to the children of people who invent laws?
(a) They are remembered.
(b) They are forgotten.
(c) They are respected.
(d) They are disrespected.

Short Answer Questions

1. What example does Socrates use as a tale that has lived throughout generations?

2. How does Socrates view people in Alcibiades' view?

3. What kind of literature does Agathon thank love for inspiring?

4. Why does Socrates object to Alcibiades' idea for a speech?

5. Who does Alcibiades request to listen to the story of his extreme actions with Socrates?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Diotima help Socrates understand how a person can become a philosopher through 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. What suggestion does Alcibiades make, why does Socrates object to it, and how does Alcibiades convince him to allow it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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