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. On what point do Socrates and Agathon agree?

2. As explained by Diotima, how many people is a young person initially attracted to?

3. In Socrates' speech, how does he describe someone who searches for wisdom?

4. As explained to Socrates by Diotima, what event brings Love's mother and father together?

5. In the example Socrates provides, what city's laws are "fathered" by Solon?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the statues of Silenus and why does Alcibiades include them in his speech?

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

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

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

5. What accusation does Alcibiades make against Socrates and why?

6. How does Agathon describe love?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Eryximachus' speech features a departure in the approach of the topic, love.

1) Describe how Eryximachus takes Aristophanes' place in the order of speeches and why.

2) Explain Erystimachus' scientific approach to love, including the role it has in medicine and health.

3) Analyze the major differences in the speeches that took place before Eryximachus' speech and the one that he delivers.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the possible controversy of Pausanias' speech as it might be interpreted today by detailing his views on relationships and the laws that govern them. Include an analysis of the differences in time period, why Pausanias might have made this type of speech, and whether the practices he endorses are acceptable.

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