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

2. Which one of the following is not included in the things Agathon thinks are associated with love?

3. As explained by Socrates, what is the drive for immortality related to?

4. How does Diotima think a young person should interact with beautiful minds?

5. In Diotima's opinion, who is Love's father?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Socrates' opinion of the speeches he has heard?

3. How does Socrates' theory of passing on knowledge apply to his own life?

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

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

6. How does Agathon describe love?

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

Compare and contrast the different speeches given at the Symposium.

1) Analyze the similarities between Socrates' speech and Eryximachus' speech as well as what the main difference was between the two.

2) Explain which speeches had the most differences and why.

3) Describe the speech or speeches that you think made the most sense and/or contained the most important information.

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