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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to Socrates, who changes proverbs about Agamemnon and Menelaus?
(a) Homer.
(b) Livy.
(c) Plato.
(d) Plutarch.

3. According to Pausanius, which type of people partake in the physical form of love?
(a) Foolish.
(b) Impatient.
(c) Confused.
(d) Wise.

4. How does Aristophanes define love?
(a) The drive to understand the need for oneness.
(b) The confusion of humans in an altered state.
(c) The excitement of humans in an altered state.
(d) The drive to regain a sense of oneness.

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

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

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

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

9. Which goddess does Pausanius associate with love?
(a) Aphrodite.
(b) Hera.
(c) Athena.
(d) Artemis.

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

11. What statement about music does Eryximachus think is absurd?
(a) Harmony is contradicting.
(b) Harmony is discord.
(c) Melody is contradicting.
(d) Melody is discord.

12. In Phaedrus' opinion, which ancient Greek writer agrees with Hesiod's theory?
(a) Tyrtaeus.
(b) Acusilaus.
(c) Archilochus.
(d) Callinus.

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

14. Who requests that Socrates sit near him at the party?
(a) Aristodemus.
(b) Agathon.
(c) Eryximachus.
(d) Aristophanes.

15. What is Aristodemus concerned about as he and Socrates go to the party?
(a) That he will not be able to stay as long as the other guests.
(b) That he will not be able to give a proper speech.
(c) That he will not fit in with the other guests.
(d) That he has not been invited.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Aristophanes' opinion, why do the gods make changes to humans?

2. Who is Apollodorus talking with at the beginning of <i>Symposium</i>?

3. In Pausanius' view, who is the father of the youngest goddess of love?

4. What is the "art" that Eryximachus refers to as the inspiration for the ideas in his speech?

5. When does Agathon's sacrifice of victory take place?

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