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. What example does Socrates use as a tale that has lived throughout generations?

2. What has Socrates caused Alcibiades to realize?

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

4. What kind of literature does Agathon thank love for inspiring?

5. What is the source of the Platonic Dialogues?

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. What events does Alcibiades describe in his speech, and how do they show that Socrates cannot be bribed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Apollodorus introduces an interesting notion about the way philosophers and rich people view each other.

1) Describe Apollodorus' general opinion of people and how he got his nickname.

2) Explain why he pities rich men and the reasons why he thinks they also pity him.

3) Analyze how the story might be affected be being told by someone with Apollodorus' views on life.

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

Analyze the questions that Socrates asks Agathon at the beginning of his speech. Include the point of the questions, the logic that Socrates uses, Agathon's responses, and Socrates' purpose for asking them.

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