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

2. How drunk does Alcibiades want the other men at the party to be?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Agathon describe love?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the way Plato decides to tell the story of the Symposium. Include the effects of having a story delivered from a second-hand account, why Apollodorus is qualified to recount the events of the party, and how he has been able to confirm the information that Aristodemus provided. Also, explain whether Plato's own opinions of Socrates influence the way the story is presented.

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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