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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 listed by Socrates as an idea that can be transmitted through love?

2. Who does Alcibiades compare Socrates to in his speech?

3. Why does Diotima think Love is not a god?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What events does Alcibiades describe in his speech, and how do they show that Socrates cannot be bribed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As Eryximachus concludes his speech, he discusses the effect love can have on things besides humans.

1) Describe Eryximachus' theory on how love can affect nature and the seasons, including examples.

2) Explain Eryximachus' definition of astrology and how love is involved with the order of the stars.

3) Based on the thoughts presented in Eryximachus' speech, describe the effect love can have on religion and worship.

Essay Topic 3

The intentions of Aristophanes' speech are called into question after he makes a clarification at its conclusion.

1) Explain what you think the intentions of Aristophanes are in giving his speech and why.

2) Analyze why Aristophanes would take the time to give a speech that does not take the discussion of love in a significant direction.

3) Describe who Aristophanes' speech might have been designed to offend, either intentionally or unintentionally, and why.

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