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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Socrates ironically state his speech is about?

2. What reason does Socrates give for why people fight in wars?

3. As explained by Socrates, what is the drive for immortality related to?

4. Where does Diotima think that Love sleeps?

5. In what military campaign do Socrates and Alcibiades participate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Diotima help Socrates understand how a person can become a philosopher through love?

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

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

6. How does Agathon describe love?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Before Socrates starts giving his speech on love, he takes the time to make some observations about the other speeches and preface his own.

1) Analyze Socrates' opinions of the other speeches in general, including the compliments he has for them, along with the way he dismisses them.

2) Describe Socrates' comments about Agathon's speech.

3) Explain the irony in Socrates' assumption that the speeches should contain the truth and the way that he prepares the guests for his speech.

4) Describe why Socrates is compelled to speak the truth as he understands it, his lack of concern for who it might offend, and how that adds to his reputation.

Essay Topic 2

As Eryximachus concludes his speech, he discusses the effect love can have on things besides humans.

1) Describe Eryximachus' theory on how love can affect nature and the seasons, including examples.

2) Explain Eryximachus' definition of astrology and how love is involved with the order of the stars.

3) Based on the thoughts presented in Eryximachus' speech, describe the effect love can have on religion and worship.

Essay Topic 3

Diotima teaches Socrates about love and Socrates relates what he has learned to the guests at the Symposium.

1) Describe the definition of love that Socrates begins his speech with, as well as how he reached his opinion.

2) Discuss what Socrates thinks the characteristics of love are, along with why and how they contradict Agathon's speech.

3) Explain the reasons why Socrates believes that love is a spirit.

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