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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. In Aristophanes' opinion, how are humans originally shaped?
(a) They are the same shape as they are now.
(b) They are round.
(c) They have no definite shape.
(d) They are square.
2. What is the purpose of Aristophanes' speech, as he indicates after it is finished?
(a) To make fun of Agathon, but not Pausanius.
(b) To make fun of both Agathon and Pausanius.
(c) Not to make fun of Agathon and Pausanius.
(d) To make fun of Pausanius, but not Agathon.
3. 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 fair ending.
(d) A fair beginning with a lame ending.
4. What is Eryximachus' suggestion for the flute-girl?
(a) That she play for herself or the women.
(b) That she stop playing.
(c) That she stop playing only when Socrates speaks.
(d) That she continue to play as the guests speak.
5. What causes the "man-woman" creatures in Aristophanes' story to become adulterers?
6. 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 refuses to change on time.
(c) When a season is overtaken by violent love.
(d) When a season changes before its time.
7. Where is Socrates before entering Agathon's house?
(a) The dining room of a house that is two houses away.
(b) The portico of the neighboring house.
(c) The portico of a house that is two houses away.
(d) The dining room of the neighboring house.
8. As Aristophanes explains, what part of the body is extra skin used to form?
(a) The toes.
(b) The fingers.
(c) The nose.
(d) The belly button.
9. How does Aristophanes define love?
(a) The confusion of humans in an altered state.
(b) The excitement of humans in an altered state.
(c) The drive to understand the need for oneness.
(d) The drive to regain a sense of oneness.
10. How many years has Apollodorus been talking with Socrates?
11. In Eryximachus' opinion, what is education in musical terms?
(a) The composition of new songs.
(b) The criticism of new songs.
(c) The correct performance of an existing composition.
(d) The analysis of an existing composition.
12. Why do humans walk upright, according to Aristophanes?
(a) They were not as coordinated walking on all fours.
(b) They taught themselves to walk upright as a survival instinct.
(c) They were split in half.
(d) They were originally created to walk upright.
13. What memory does Aristophanes believe humans are supposed to have of their creation?
(a) Subconscious or unconscious.
(b) Unconscious, but not subconscious.
(c) Conscious, and not subconscious.
(d) Subconscious, but not unconscious.
14. According to Phaedrus' story, how could Achilles have avoided death?
(a) By not slaying Agamemnon.
(b) By slaying Agamemnon.
(c) By not slaying Hector.
(d) By slaying Hector.
15. As Eryximachus explains, what is harmony composed of?
(a) Only high notes.
(b) Only low notes.
(c) Neither high nor low notes.
(d) High and low notes.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Socrates appear when he meets Aristodemus before going to the party?
2. What fear does Aristophanes have before making his speech?
3. Why is Aristophanes unable to speak in his scheduled turn?
4. How does Phaedrus describe Love?
5. Who has an argument at the end of Aristophanes' speech?
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