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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. How does Agathon compare love with other desires?

2. In Diotima's opinion, what is the confusing point of Love?

3. What complaint does the drunken Alcibiades have at the end of Part 7?

4. In Agathon's opinion, how does love win?

5. What does Diotima compare Love to in explaining its features?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Socrates' introduction establishes his personality and reputation.

1) Describe how Socrates is first introduced as he talks with Aristodemus.

2) Explain why Socrates fears crowds and how that adds to his philosophical demeanor.

3) Describe the topics of conversation between Socrates and Aristodemus on their way to the party, the people quoted, and the points made.

4) Explain how and why Socrates disappears upon arriving at Agathon's house.

Essay Topic 3

The main function and purpose of love is explained by Socrates at the end of his speech.

1) Analyze Socrates' theory on love's main purpose and the way he thinks that it can lead humans to immortality.

2) Describe the practice of higher learning that Diotima taught Socrates, how a person can become a philosopher, and the important realization they need to make along the way.

3) Explain Socrates' ideas about pregnancy and the way people are remembered, including the examples that he provides.

4) Describe the "hypothesis of the higher hypothesis" by Socrates and the way it relates to the true power of love.

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