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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 are the "statues of Silenus"?

2. How does Socrates view people in Alcibiades' view?

3. What kind of literature does Agathon thank love for inspiring?

4. In Socrates' opinion, what usually happens to the children of people who invent laws?

5. Who objects to the drinking taking place in Chapter 8?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Agathon describe love?

4. According to Socrates, what is the origin of love?

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

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

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

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

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

10. As explained by Socrates, what is the confusing part of love and what are some of the different kinds of love that exist?

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

The intentions of Aristophanes' speech are called into question after he makes a clarification at its conclusion.

1) Explain what you think the intentions of Aristophanes are in giving his speech and why.

2) Analyze why Aristophanes would take the time to give a speech that does not take the discussion of love in a significant direction.

3) Describe who Aristophanes' speech might have been designed to offend, either intentionally or unintentionally, and why.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how the subject of love is decided as the main topic for the speeches given at the Symposium. Be sure to include whose idea it was, how it was suggested, how the guests and Socrates, in particular, respond, and what conditions were agreed upon before the speeches begin.

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