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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many legs does man have in the beginning, according to Aristophanes?
(a) Eight.
(b) Two.
(c) Four.
(d) Six.

2. Where does Phaedrus think that Achilles was sent after his death?
(a) Ionian Islands.
(b) The Islands of the Blest.
(c) Babylon.
(d) Tenedos.

3. What is Socrates doing while the other guests are eating dinner at Agathon's house?
(a) Eating.
(b) Working.
(c) Thinking.
(d) Sleeping.

4. As Pausanius explains, who is the oldest goddess of love's father?
(a) Zeus.
(b) Apollo.
(c) Poseidon.
(d) Uranus.

5. Which goddess does Pausanius associate with love?
(a) Hera.
(b) Aphrodite.
(c) Artemis.
(d) Athena.

6. Why does Apollodorus have pity for rich men?
(a) Because they think they are doing nothing when they are doing something.
(b) Because they never seem to have enough money no matter how much they make.
(c) Because they think they are doing something when they are doing nothing.
(d) Because they have more money than they can possibly spend.

7. How does Socrates feel about drinking?
(a) He can either drink a lot, a little, or not at all.
(b) He can only drink a lot or not at all.
(c) He can only drink a little or not at all.
(d) He does not drink at all.

8. With what animal does Aristophanes compare the "man-woman creatures"?
(a) Rabbits.
(b) Turtles.
(c) Birds.
(d) Fish.

9. How does Socrates appear when he meets Aristodemus before going to the party?
(a) Wearing sandals, but not bathed.
(b) Neither bathed nor wearing sandals.
(c) Bathed, but not in sandals.
(d) Bathed and in sandals.

10. What example does Pausanius use in explaining the role of tyranny?
(a) Alcyone.
(b) Hippolytus.
(c) Leander.
(d) Aristogeiton.

11. What is Eryximachus' suggestion for the flute-girl?
(a) That she stop playing only when Socrates speaks.
(b) That she play for herself or the women.
(c) That she continue to play as the guests speak.
(d) That she stop playing.

12. What statement about music does Eryximachus think is absurd?
(a) Melody is discord.
(b) Harmony is contradicting.
(c) Melody is contradicting.
(d) Harmony is discord.

13. Which one of the following is not an example that Eryximachus uses to describe the hostile elements?
(a) Moist and dry.
(b) Bitter and sweet.
(c) Hot and cold.
(d) Hard and soft.

14. What is Apollodorus' old name?
(a) Apollodorus the orator.
(b) Apollodorus the thinker.
(c) Apollodorus the wise man.
(d) Apollodorus the madman.

15. As explained by Phaedrus, how does Orpheus die as a result of his cowardice?
(a) He is beaten with clubs.
(b) He is thrown off of a cliff.
(c) At the hands of women.
(d) He is dragged through the streets.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who firsts requests drinking in moderation at the party?

2. When does Agathon's sacrifice of victory take place?

3. Who is Apollodorus talking with at the beginning of <i>Symposium</i>?

4. What is the "art" that Eryximachus refers to as the inspiration for the ideas in his speech?

5. In Aristophanes' opinion, why do the gods make changes to humans?

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