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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. As Aristophanes explains, what part of the body is extra skin used to form?
(a) The belly button.
(b) The fingers.
(c) The toes.
(d) The nose.

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

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

4. In Eryximachus' opinion, what can the best physician do?
(a) Ignore love's existence.
(b) Appreciate the different forms of love.
(c) Separate the different forms of love.
(d) Analyze the different forms of love.

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

6. 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.

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 lame ending.
(d) A fair beginning with a fair ending.

8. Who has an argument at the end of Aristophanes' speech?
(a) Socrates and Agathon.
(b) Socrates, Aristophanes, and Agathon.
(c) Socrates and Aristophanes.
(d) Aristophanes and Agathon.

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

10. Which one of the following is not one of the features that Aristophanes includes in his description of what humans were once like?
(a) They had four ears.
(b) They could roll over at great speeds.
(c) They could move objects through telepathy.
(d) They could walk backwards or forwards.

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

12. What does Eryximachus believe to be the source of pestilence and destruction in nature?
(a) When a season changes before its time.
(b) When a season is overtaken by untested love.
(c) When a season is overtaken by violent love.
(d) When a season refuses to change on time.

13. What does Pausanius think is the true test of a love's class?
(a) Wealth.
(b) Time.
(c) Location.
(d) Past.

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

15. What fear does Aristophanes have before making his speech?
(a) That people will not enjoy it.
(b) That people will disagree with it.
(c) That people will laugh at it.
(d) That people will not understand it.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Aristophanes define love?

2. What are the doors like when Aristodemus reaches Agathon's house?

3. Where does Pausanius think the laws are perplexing?

4. Why does Apollodorus think that rich men pity him?

5. How does Socrates respond to the idea of speaking about love?

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