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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Apollodorus' old name?
(a) Apollodorus the thinker.
(b) Apollodorus the wise man.
(c) Apollodorus the madman.
(d) Apollodorus the orator.

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

3. What example does Pausanius use in explaining the role of tyranny?
(a) Leander.
(b) Hippolytus.
(c) Aristogeiton.
(d) Alcyone.

4. What is one of the points that Eryximachus makes with Urania's story?
(a) The acceptance of the temperate.
(b) The avoidance of the intemperate.
(c) The avoidance of the temperate.
(d) The acceptance of the intemperate.

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

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

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

8. 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 unhappy.
(d) Because they think he is poor.

9. What is the order of the three things in Hesiod's theory, as referenced by Phaedrus?
(a) First Chaos, then Earth and Love.
(b) First Earth, then Love and Chaos.
(c) First Love, then Earth and Chaos.
(d) First Earth, then Chaos and Love.

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

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

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

13. How does Phaedrus describe Love?
(a) The youngest of the gods.
(b) The eldest of the gods.
(c) A friend to the gods.
(d) A relative of the gods.

14. What does Pausanius think is the true test of a love's class?
(a) Wealth.
(b) Location.
(c) Time.
(d) Past.

15. According to Phaedrus' story, how could Achilles have avoided death?
(a) By slaying Hector.
(b) By not slaying Hector.
(c) By not slaying Agamemnon.
(d) By slaying Agamemnon.

Short Answer Questions

1. What causes the "man-woman" creatures in Aristophanes' story to become adulterers?

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

3. Why do humans walk upright, according to Aristophanes?

4. How does Pausanius describe the countries of Elis and Boeotia?

5. What does Eryximachus say about his omission of certain things in his speech?

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