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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 Alcibiades, how does Socrates make him feel?

2. According to Diotima's explanation, what will beasts die to protect?

3. Why does Diotima think Love is not a god?

4. According to Socrates, which love helps a philosopher reproduce an idea?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What examples does Socrates provide of what men can leave behind?

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

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

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

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.

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

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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