Phaedrus Test | Mid-Book 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 does Socrates say he is addicted to at the beginning of the book?

2. What is Phaedras most concerned about with the speech he reads to Socrates?

3. What does lack of control in desires lead to according to Socrates?

4. What does Socrates say people with unsound minds like?

5. Who is Eros's mother?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Phaedras say is the danger in love overcoming emotion?

2. What does Phaedras say to get Socrates to deliver a speech of his own?

3. What does Socrates say about the nature of the soul?

4. What does Socrates compare the form of the soul to at the beginning of his second speech?

5. What does Socrates say lovers will do to suppress independence in their partner?

6. What is Eros, and what are its effects?

7. What does Socrates say about Courtesans in his speech to Phaedras?

8. What does Lysais say are the main benefits in the kind of relationship Lysias has with Phaedras?

9. How does Socrates say love affects the physical well being of those in a relationship, and why?

10. How are the reborn lives of humans decided according to Socrates?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lysias is a minor character whose presence makes a big difference in the plot. How does he accomplish this? What are some ways that his presence, however brief, alters the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if he had not been in the book at all?

Essay Topic 2

What kind of relationship does Phaedras have with Lysias, and what effect does this have on his encounter with Socrates?

Essay Topic 3

Friendship is a strong theme throughout the book. Where are some places that this theme appears, and how do the characters touched by it react? How do certain friendships change over the course of the book, and what causes these changes?

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