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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. According to Glaucon, what is the road to Athens made for?
(a) Adventure.
(b) Trouble.
(c) Conversation.
(d) Amazement.

5. How does Pausanius describe the love taking place in barbarian countries?
(a) Dishonorable.
(b) Thoughtless.
(c) Meaningful.
(d) Honorable.

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

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

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

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

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

11. What causes the "man-woman" creatures in Aristophanes' story to become adulterers?
(a) Confusion.
(b) Ignorance.
(c) Fear.
(d) Anger.

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

13. In Aristophanes' opinion, why do the gods make changes to humans?
(a) Out of mercy for humans.
(b) To make sure that humans stay inferior.
(c) Out of the need for perfection.
(d) To earn the humans' trust and gratitude.

14. When does Agathon's sacrifice of victory take place?
(a) The day before the party.
(b) Two days before the party.
(c) Two weeks before the party.
(d) One week before the party.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. As Eryximachus explains, what is harmony composed of?

3. What three elements share a harmonious love in nature, as stated by Eryximachus?

4. Where does Pausanius think the laws are perplexing?

5. According to Pausanius, what is the love of the body rather than the soul?

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