Symposium Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 characteristics does love have, according to Agathon?

2. Which one of the following is not listed by Socrates as an idea that can be transmitted through love?

3. What has Socrates caused Alcibiades to realize?

4. Who does Alcibiades compare Socrates to in his speech?

5. How does Diotima think women are helped to give birth?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. According to Alcibiades, what effect did Socrates have on him?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Apollodorus introduces an interesting notion about the way philosophers and rich people view each other.

1) Describe Apollodorus' general opinion of people and how he got his nickname.

2) Explain why he pities rich men and the reasons why he thinks they also pity him.

3) Analyze how the story might be affected be being told by someone with Apollodorus' views on life.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the parallels between love and music that Eryximachus makes in his speech. Include several examples of how love and music are similar and why Eryximachus uses music as an effective metaphor in analyzing the way that love works.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the different speeches given at the Symposium.

1) Analyze the similarities between Socrates' speech and Eryximachus' speech as well as what the main difference was between the two.

2) Explain which speeches had the most differences and why.

3) Describe the speech or speeches that you think made the most sense and/or contained the most important information.

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