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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 type of music are Socrates' speeches comparable to?
2. As explained by Socrates, is love ugly or beautiful?
3. What reason does Socrates give for why people fight in wars?
4. What part of Agathon's speech does Socrates compliment?
5. Who does Alcibiades request to listen to the story of his extreme actions with Socrates?
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. What does Socrates think the function of love is?
4. Why does Socrates think that love is a spirit?
5. How does Diotima help Socrates understand how a person can become a philosopher through love?
6. Why does Socrates believe that love cannot be beautiful or ugly, and what analogy does he use?
7. What examples does Socrates provide of what men can leave behind?
8. What suggestion does Alcibiades make, why does Socrates object to it, and how does Alcibiades convince him to allow it?
9. What is Alcibiades' condition when he interrupts the party, and what does he encourage the other guests to do?
10. What does love have the power to do, according to Agathon?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe the parallels between love and music that Eryximachus makes in his speech. Include several examples of how love and music are similar and why Eryximachus uses music as an effective metaphor in analyzing the way that love works.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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