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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 tactic does not work with Socrates?

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

3. For what does Socrates give Agathon credit?

4. How does Diotima define a spirit?

5. What general definition of Love does Diotima provide?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Socrates think the function of love is?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

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 3

Describe the parallels between love and music that Eryximachus makes in his speech. Include several examples of how love and music are similar and why Eryximachus uses music as an effective metaphor in analyzing the way that love works.

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