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. According to Socrates, which love helps a philosopher reproduce an idea?

2. According to Alcibiades, what are Socrates' claims that he knows nothing?

3. How does Diotima define a spirit?

4. How does Homer describe love's feet in the passage quoted by Agathon?

5. What reason does Socrates give for why people fight in wars?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the definition that Socrates gives of love?

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

4. As explained by Socrates, what is the confusing part of love and what are some of the different kinds of love that exist?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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