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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. How does Socrates view people in Alcibiades' view?

2. As Agathon explains, where does love bring people together?

3. In Diotima's opinion, what does a potential philosopher learn about beautiful minds?

4. Where does Diotima think that Love sleeps?

5. On what point do Socrates and Agathon agree?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What events does Alcibiades describe in his speech, and how do they show that Socrates cannot be bribed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Analyze the entire Socrates-Agathon-Alcibiades escapade that occurs at the end of the story by including the following:

1) Explain the past events of Socrates and Alcibiades, including the effect Socrates has on Alcibiades, the failed advances that Alcibiades makes, and the descriptions he gives about Socrates.

2) Summarize the intentions and main ideas of Alcibiades' speech and the accusation he makes against Socrates.

3) Describe Socrates' response to Alcibiades, the way he exposes his plan, and the actions of both Socrates and Agathon after the speech is finished.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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