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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. According to Aristophanes, how many faces does man begin with?
(a) Two.
(b) None.
(c) One.
(d) Three.

5. Why are the speeches between Phaedrus and Pausanias left out of Aristodemus' account?
(a) There are no speeches between Phaedrus and Pausanias.
(b) He does not think they are worth including.
(c) They are incomplete.
(d) He does not remember them.

6. How does Pausanius describe the countries of Elis and Boeotia?
(a) Having eloquence, but no gifts.
(b) Having no gifts or eloquence.
(c) Having both eloquence and gifts.
(d) Having gifts, but no eloquence.

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

8. What is the purpose of Aristophanes' speech, as he indicates after it is finished?
(a) To make fun of Agathon, but not Pausanius.
(b) Not to make fun of Agathon and Pausanius.
(c) To make fun of Pausanius, but not Agathon.
(d) To make fun of both Agathon and Pausanius.

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

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

11. 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 could move objects through telepathy.
(b) They had four ears.
(c) They could walk backwards or forwards.
(d) They could roll over at great speeds.

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

13. As Eryximachus explains, what is harmony composed of?
(a) High and low notes.
(b) Only low notes.
(c) Neither high nor low notes.
(d) Only high notes.

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

15. According to Eryximachus, what elements create rhythm?
(a) Medium length and long.
(b) Short, medium length, and long.
(c) Short and medium length.
(d) Short and long.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Apollodorus talking with at the beginning of Symposium?

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

3. How does Phaedrus describe Love?

4. Where is Socrates before entering Agathon's house?

5. How does Eryximachus describe Polyhymnia?

(see the answer keys)

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