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 characteristics does love have, according to Agathon?

2. How does Diotima think women are helped to give birth?

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

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

5. According to Agathon, what effect does love have on bad things?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Agathon describe love?

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

8. What accusation does Alcibiades make against Socrates and why?

9. According to Alcibiades, what effect did Socrates have on him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the origin of love and the events leading up to it as they are outlined in the speech given by Socrates. Also, provide an analysis of Socrates' opinions on the resilience of love and how it is a reflection of both of its parents.

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

Analyze the way Plato decides to tell the story of the Symposium. Include the effects of having a story delivered from a second-hand account, why Apollodorus is qualified to recount the events of the party, and how he has been able to confirm the information that Aristodemus provided. Also, explain whether Plato's own opinions of Socrates influence the way the story is presented.

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