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 does Socrates think about the speeches he has just heard?

2. In Agathon's opinion, how does love win?

3. Which one of the following is not used by Diotima to describe Love?

4. Which one of the following is not listed by Socrates as an idea that can be transmitted through love?

5. In the example Socrates provides, what city's laws are "fathered" by Solon?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Agathon disagree with Phaedrus in the beginning of his speech and why?

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

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

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

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

10. What examples does Socrates provide of what men can leave behind?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Phaedrus speaks about the way people will fight and/or die for love.

1) Summarize Phaedrus' opinion of love and its ability to motivate people.

2) Describe the story of Alcestis as it is used in Phaedrus' speech.

3) Compare the stories of Achilles and Orpheus in the way they are referenced by Phaedrus.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the possible controversy of Pausanias' speech as it might be interpreted today by detailing his views on relationships and the laws that govern them. Include an analysis of the differences in time period, why Pausanias might have made this type of speech, and whether the practices he endorses are acceptable.

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