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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In Eryximachus' opinion, what can the best physician do?
(a) Appreciate the different forms of love.
(b) Ignore love's existence.
(c) Analyze the different forms of love.
(d) Separate the different forms of love.

3. What news does Agathon give to Aristodemus when he arrives?
(a) That Agathon could not find Aristodemus to invite him the day before.
(b) That Socrates insisted that Aristodemus be invited.
(c) That Agathon forgot to invite Aristodemus the day before.
(d) That the other guests insisted that Aristodemus be invited.

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

5. Why does Socrates refuse to attend Agathon's sacrifice of victory?
(a) He does not agree with Agathon's victory.
(b) He fears not enough people would be there.
(c) He does not approve of many of the guests.
(d) He fears the crowd.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the muse, Urania, described in Eryximachus' speech?

2. According to Pausanius, which type of people partake in the physical form of love?

3. How does Eryximachus define astronomy?

4. As used in Eryximachus' speech, what does the word "licentiousness" mean?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How many kinds of love does Pausanias claim there are and why?

2. Who are the parents of love, according to Pausanias?

3. How is Aristodemus' dilemma resolved when he and Socrates arrive at the party?

4. What do Socrates and Aristodemus talk about on the way to the house and what is Aristodemus' dilemma?

5. What approach does Eryximachus take when speaking about love and how does it differ from the previous speeches?

6. Why does Phaedrus include the story of Achilles in his speech?

7. What advice does Eryximachus have for Aristophanes before he starts speaking?

8. How does Phaedrum describe love at the beginning of his speech?

9. How well does Apollodorus know Socrates in order to verify the information of what took place at the Symposium?

10. How is music used by Eryximachus as a metaphor for love?

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