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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Eryximachus define astronomy?
(a) The study of how the stars affect love.
(b) The study of the stars and their agreement with love.
(c) The study of how love orders the stars.
(d) The study of the stars and their opposition to love.

2. How does Eryximachus describe Polyhymnia?
(a) Cunning.
(b) Vulgar.
(c) Manipulative.
(d) Misunderstood.

3. What is the order of the three things in Hesiod's theory, as referenced by Phaedrus?
(a) First Love, then Earth and Chaos.
(b) First Chaos, then Earth and Love.
(c) First Earth, then Chaos and Love.
(d) First Earth, then Love and Chaos.

4. According to Pausanius, which type of people partake in the physical form of love?
(a) Confused.
(b) Wise.
(c) Foolish.
(d) Impatient.

5. Why does Socrates refuse to attend Agathon's sacrifice of victory?
(a) He fears the crowd.
(b) He does not agree with Agathon's victory.
(c) He fears not enough people would be there.
(d) He does not approve of many of the guests.

6. In Aristophanes' opinion, why do the gods make changes to humans?
(a) Out of the need for perfection.
(b) Out of mercy for humans.
(c) To earn the humans' trust and gratitude.
(d) To make sure that humans stay inferior.

7. How does Eryximachus describe Pausanias' speech?
(a) A lame beginning with a fair ending.
(b) A lame beginning with a lame ending.
(c) A fair beginning with a fair ending.
(d) A fair beginning with a lame ending.

8. What memory does Aristophanes believe humans are supposed to have of their creation?
(a) Conscious, and not subconscious.
(b) Subconscious or unconscious.
(c) Subconscious, but not unconscious.
(d) Unconscious, but not subconscious.

9. According to Socrates, who changes proverbs about Agamemnon and Menelaus?
(a) Livy.
(b) Plato.
(c) Plutarch.
(d) Homer.

10. According to Eryximachus, how many kinds of love exist in the human body?
(a) Four.
(b) Three.
(c) Two.
(d) One.

11. According to Aristophanes, why do the "double-man" or "double-woman" creatures marry?
(a) Unknown reasons.
(b) Status.
(c) Social conventions.
(d) Wealth.

12. Who is Apollodorus talking with at the beginning of Symposium?
(a) A soldier.
(b) Agathon.
(c) A companion.
(d) Socrates.

13. How does Pausanius describe the love taking place in barbarian countries?
(a) Thoughtless.
(b) Meaningful.
(c) Dishonorable.
(d) Honorable.

14. According to Phaedrus' story, how could Achilles have avoided death?
(a) By not slaying Hector.
(b) By not slaying Agamemnon.
(c) By slaying Hector.
(d) By slaying Agamemnon.

15. What advice does Eryximachus give to Aristophanes before speaking in Part 3?
(a) To write down his thoughts from now on.
(b) To eat faster.
(c) To stop disappearing.
(d) To hold his breath.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Pausanius describe the countries of Elis and Boeotia?

2. How is the muse, Urania, described in Eryximachus' speech?

3. How does Socrates appear when he meets Aristodemus before going to the party?

4. Which one of the following is not one of the features that Aristophanes includes in his description of what humans were once like?

5. According to Phaedrus, which other motive is able to implant as well as Love?

(see the answer keys)

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