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 Alcibiades, what are Socrates' claims that he knows nothing?

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

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

4. How many kinds of Love are there, according to Diotima?

5. As explained to Socrates by Diotima, what event brings Love's mother and father together?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the purpose of the questions that Socrates asks Agathon at the beginning of his speech and on what point do they agree?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain the possible controversy of Pausanias' speech as it might be interpreted today by detailing his views on relationships and the laws that govern them. Include an analysis of the differences in time period, why Pausanias might have made this type of speech, and whether the practices he endorses are acceptable.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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