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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 is the source of the Platonic Dialogues?

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

3. According to Diotima, who is Love's mother?

4. What does Socrates tell Alcibiades about his political efforts?

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

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 definition that Socrates gives of love?

3. How does Agathon describe love?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After a brief argument with Socrates, Agathon gives his speech.

1) Explain how Agathon disagrees with Phaedrus.

2) Describe what the characteristics of love are, according to Agathon.

3) Explain how Agathon's reputation for being a playwright might have influenced his thoughts and views about love.

4) Describe the effect that love can have on people as they are given in Agathon's speech.

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

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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