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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What princess does Phaedrus use as an example for a sacrifice made out of Love?

2. In Aristophanes' opinion, how are humans originally shaped?

3. How many years has Apollodorus been talking with Socrates?

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

5. Who has an argument at the end of Aristophanes' speech?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What effect does love have on nature and the seasons, as mentioned in the end of Eryximachus' speech?

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

4. How is the subject of the speeches at the Symposium decided?

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

6. How is the story of the Symposium introduced and who is responsible for telling it?

7. Why is Aristophanes unable to speak after Pausanias as scheduled?

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

9. How does Phaedrus use Alcestis' story as an example in his speech?

10. According to Aristophanes, how did humans begin to walk upright?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the parallels between love and music that Eryximachus makes in his speech. Include several examples of how love and music are similar and why Eryximachus uses music as an effective metaphor in analyzing the way that love works.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the two types of love that Pausanias describes in his speech. What are their characteristics, the way they are both applied, and what Pausanias thinks the origin of love is. Also, describe the examples that Pausanias provides to support his theory.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the way Plato decides to tell the story of the Symposium. Include the effects of having a story delivered from a second-hand account, why Apollodorus is qualified to recount the events of the party, and how he has been able to confirm the information that Aristodemus provided. Also, explain whether Plato's own opinions of Socrates influence the way the story is presented.

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