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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. In what military campaign do Socrates and Alcibiades participate?

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

3. According to Diotima's explanation, what will beasts die to protect?

4. What does Diotima tell Socrates about Love's function?

5. How does Homer describe love's feet in the passage quoted by Agathon?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Agathon describe 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. What does love have the power to do, according to Agathon?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the entire Socrates-Agathon-Alcibiades escapade that occurs at the end of the story by including the following:

1) Explain the past events of Socrates and Alcibiades, including the effect Socrates has on Alcibiades, the failed advances that Alcibiades makes, and the descriptions he gives about Socrates.

2) Summarize the intentions and main ideas of Alcibiades' speech and the accusation he makes against Socrates.

3) Describe Socrates' response to Alcibiades, the way he exposes his plan, and the actions of both Socrates and Agathon after the speech is finished.

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