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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Where is Socrates before entering Agathon's house?
(a) The portico of a house that is two houses away.
(b) The portico of the neighboring house.
(c) The dining room of a house that is two houses away.
(d) The dining room of the neighboring house.

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

5. What are the doors like when Aristodemus reaches Agathon's house?
(a) They are closed, but unlocked.
(b) They are closed and locked.
(c) They are slightly open.
(d) They are wide open.

6. What three elements share a harmonious love in nature, as stated by Eryximachus?
(a) People, animals, and plants,
(b) People, water, and plants.
(c) Animals, water, and plants.
(d) People, animals, and water.

7. As related by Apollodorus, how many years has Agathon not resided at Athens?
(a) Only a few years.
(b) Many years.
(c) Only one year.
(d) Agathon still resides in Athens.

8. What does Eryximachus say about his omission of certain things in his speech?
(a) He maintains that he did not leave anything out.
(b) It is not intentional.
(c) He cannot remember any more.
(d) It is intentional.

9. What is the "art" that Eryximachus refers to as the inspiration for the ideas in his speech?
(a) Painting.
(b) Medicine.
(c) Prose.
(d) Sculpture.

10. 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 remember them.
(c) He does not think they are worth including.
(d) They are incomplete.

11. Which one of the following is not an example that Eryximachus uses to describe the hostile elements?
(a) Bitter and sweet.
(b) Hot and cold.
(c) Hard and soft.
(d) Moist and dry.

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

13. Which country does Pausanius use as an example of barbarian laws?
(a) Olympi.
(b) Armolia.
(c) Lithio.
(d) Ionia.

14. How many kinds of love does Pausanius think there are?
(a) Two.
(b) One.
(c) Four.
(d) Three.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Eryximachus' opinion, what is education in musical terms?

2. According to Phaedrus' story, how could Achilles have avoided death?

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

4. As Aristophanes explains, what part of the body is extra skin used to form?

5. What is one of the points that Eryximachus makes with Urania's story?

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