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. According to Alcibiades, what are Socrates' claims that he knows nothing?

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

3. Who objects to the drinking taking place in Chapter 8?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Alcibiades, what effect did Socrates have on him?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What are the statues of Silenus and why does Alcibiades include them in his speech?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the origin of love and the events leading up to it as they are outlined in the speech given by Socrates. Also, provide an analysis of Socrates' opinions on the resilience of love and how it is a reflection of both of its parents.

Essay Topic 2

Diotima teaches Socrates about love and Socrates relates what he has learned to the guests at the Symposium.

1) Describe the definition of love that Socrates begins his speech with, as well as how he reached his opinion.

2) Discuss what Socrates thinks the characteristics of love are, along with why and how they contradict Agathon's speech.

3) Explain the reasons why Socrates believes that love is a spirit.

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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