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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What general definition of Love does Diotima provide?

2. According to Alcibiades, what type of music are Socrates' speeches comparable to?

3. What does Socrates ironically state his speech is about?

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

5. How many times has Alcibiades invited Socrates over for dinner?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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.

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