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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How many years has Apollodorus been talking with Socrates?
(a) Four.
(b) Three.
(c) Five.
(d) Ten.

3. Where does Pausanius think the laws are perplexing?
(a) Lacedaemon.
(b) Tripoli.
(c) Therapni.
(d) Leonidio.

4. How does Aristophanes define love?
(a) The excitement of humans in an altered state.
(b) The confusion of humans in an altered state.
(c) The drive to understand the need for oneness.
(d) The drive to regain a sense of oneness.

5. What effect does Phaedrus think Love has on a coward?
(a) It causes a coward to become even more afraid.
(b) It inspires a coward to become a hero.
(c) It causes a coward to think about his or her actions.
(d) It has no effect on a coward.

6. How is the muse, Urania, described in Eryximachus' speech?
(a) Heavenly, but unfair.
(b) Neither fair nor heavenly.
(c) Fair, but not heavenly.
(d) Fair and heavenly.

7. Why does Apollodorus think that rich men pity him?
(a) Because they think he is ignorant.
(b) Because they think he is misinformed.
(c) Because they think he is poor.
(d) Because they think he is unhappy.

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

9. What was Eryximachus' ancestor, Asclepius, an expert in?
(a) Gymnastic, but not husbandry.
(b) Husbandry, but not gymnastic.
(c) Neither gymnastic nor husbandry.
(d) Gymnastic and husbandry.

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

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

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

13. According to Pausanius, what is the love of the body rather than the soul?
(a) Evil.
(b) Nonexistent.
(c) Forbidden.
(d) Hypocritical.

14. 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 stay as long as the other guests.
(c) That he will not fit in with the other guests.
(d) That he will not be able to give a proper speech.

15. What does Aristophanes state that mankind does not understand?
(a) The power of Love.
(b) The necessity of Love.
(c) The wisdom of Love.
(d) The hypocrisy of Love.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many kinds of love does Pausanius think there are?

2. Which country does Pausanius use as an example of barbarian laws?

3. Why does Apollodorus have pity for rich men?

4. What memory does Aristophanes believe humans are supposed to have of their creation?

5. What statement about music does Eryximachus think is absurd?

(see the answer keys)

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