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. Which one of the following is not included in Diotima's list of things that spirits help with?

2. Who does Alcibiades compare Socrates to in his speech?

3. What part of Agathon's speech does Socrates compliment?

4. How does Alcibiades claim that Socrates assaulted him?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

As Eryximachus concludes his speech, he discusses the effect love can have on things besides humans.

1) Describe Eryximachus' theory on how love can affect nature and the seasons, including examples.

2) Explain Eryximachus' definition of astrology and how love is involved with the order of the stars.

3) Based on the thoughts presented in Eryximachus' speech, describe the effect love can have on religion and worship.

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