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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. Whose permission does Socrates seek before asking Agathon questions?

2. What characteristics does love have, according to Agathon?

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

4. How does Agathon compare love with other desires?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. As explained by Socrates, what is the confusing part of love and what are some of the different kinds of love that exist?

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

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

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

8. How does Agathon describe love?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the way that humans were created and developed, according to Aristophanes' speech. Include the descriptions of the creatures themselves, the purposes for the changes made to them, and how they formed relationships and married. Also, analyze how the speech by Aristophanes might highlight a broader point about the need for answers during the time of the Ancient Greeks.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Analyze the two types of love that Pausanias describes in his speech. What are their characteristics, the way they are both applied, and what Pausanias thinks the origin of love is. Also, describe the examples that Pausanias provides to support his theory.

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