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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Aristodemus concerned about as he and Socrates go to the party?
(a) That he will not fit in with the other guests.
(b) That he will not be able to give a proper speech.
(c) That he has not been invited.
(d) That he will not be able to stay as long as the other guests.

2. In Phaedrus' opinion, which ancient Greek writer agrees with Hesiod's theory?
(a) Archilochus.
(b) Tyrtaeus.
(c) Callinus.
(d) Acusilaus.

3. Why is Aristophanes unable to speak in his scheduled turn?
(a) He has disappeared.
(b) He has the hiccups.
(c) He cannot remember what he wanted to say.
(d) He is not finished eating.

4. What causes the "man-woman" creatures in Aristophanes' story to become adulterers?
(a) Anger.
(b) Ignorance.
(c) Fear.
(d) Confusion.

5. What does astronomy inform people of, according to Eryximachus?
(a) Which sacrifices to make.
(b) The best ways to make sacrifices.
(c) Why to make sacrifices.
(d) When to make sacrifices.

6. According to Phaedrus, who are Love's parents?
(a) The moon and the sun.
(b) The gods.
(c) There is no record of Love's parents.
(d) The earth and the sun.

7. As used in Eryximachus' speech, what does the word "licentiousness" mean?
(a) Lacking restraint.
(b) Containing incomprehensible restraints.
(c) Containing too much restraint.
(d) Imposing restraint.

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

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

10. Why do humans walk upright, according to Aristophanes?
(a) They taught themselves to walk upright as a survival instinct.
(b) They were split in half.
(c) They were not as coordinated walking on all fours.
(d) They were originally created to walk upright.

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

12. What princess does Phaedrus use as an example for a sacrifice made out of Love?
(a) Europe.
(b) Alcestis.
(c) Ariadne.
(d) Cassandra.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Aristophanes, why do the "double-man" or "double-woman" creatures marry?

2. What is the size of the audience that sees Agathon's play?

3. How does Phaedrus describe Love?

4. Who interrupts the argument at the end of Part 4?

5. What example does Pausanius use in explaining the role of tyranny?

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