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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 Alcibiades claim that Socrates assaulted him?

2. According to Diotima's explanation, what will beasts die to protect?

3. Which one of the following is not included in the things Agathon thinks are associated with love?

4. As explained by Socrates, is love ugly or beautiful?

5. What kind of literature does Agathon thank love for inspiring?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does love have the power to do, according to Agathon?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Apollodorus introduces an interesting notion about the way philosophers and rich people view each other.

1) Describe Apollodorus' general opinion of people and how he got his nickname.

2) Explain why he pities rich men and the reasons why he thinks they also pity him.

3) Analyze how the story might be affected be being told by someone with Apollodorus' views on life.

Essay Topic 3

Before Socrates starts giving his speech on love, he takes the time to make some observations about the other speeches and preface his own.

1) Analyze Socrates' opinions of the other speeches in general, including the compliments he has for them, along with the way he dismisses them.

2) Describe Socrates' comments about Agathon's speech.

3) Explain the irony in Socrates' assumption that the speeches should contain the truth and the way that he prepares the guests for his speech.

4) Describe why Socrates is compelled to speak the truth as he understands it, his lack of concern for who it might offend, and how that adds to his reputation.

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