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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. Which one of the following is not included in Diotima's list of things that spirits help with?

2. Why does Socrates object to Alcibiades' idea for a speech?

3. Who objects to the drinking taking place in Chapter 8?

4. What characteristics does love have, according to Agathon?

5. What part of Agathon's speech does Socrates compliment?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the conclusion of his speech, what does Socrates states is the true power or purpose of love?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Agathon describe love?

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

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

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

10. Who is Diotima and what is significant about the experience Socrates had with her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After a brief argument with Socrates, Agathon gives his speech.

1) Explain how Agathon disagrees with Phaedrus.

2) Describe what the characteristics of love are, according to Agathon.

3) Explain how Agathon's reputation for being a playwright might have influenced his thoughts and views about love.

4) Describe the effect that love can have on people as they are given in Agathon's speech.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how the subject of love is decided as the main topic for the speeches given at the Symposium. Be sure to include whose idea it was, how it was suggested, how the guests and Socrates, in particular, respond, and what conditions were agreed upon before the speeches begin.

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