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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. According to Agathon, who can love capture?
(a) Poseidon.
(b) Dionysus.
(c) Ares.
(d) Apollo.

2. According to Socrates, what ideas can a man become "pregnant" with?
(a) How to resolve conflict without wars.
(b) How to raise children.
(c) How to best run a city and the nation.
(d) How to fight wars.

3. For what does Socrates give Agathon credit?
(a) Recommending love to everyone.
(b) Giving such a broad definition of love.
(c) Giving such a detailed definition of love.
(d) Recommending love to only those who deserve it.

4. How does Diotima define a spirit?
(a) Something that does not speak to either mortals or Gods.
(b) Something that connects mortals and Gods.
(c) Something that divides mortals and Gods.
(d) Something that causes mortals to fear Gods.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose permission does Socrates seek before asking Agathon questions?

2. According to Diotima, who is Love's mother?

3. Where does Diotima think that Love sleeps?

4. As explained by Alcibiades, how does Socrates make him feel?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. In Socrates' opinion, what does a person's achievements have to do with love, and which example does he use?

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

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

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