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

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

3. What example does Pausanius use in explaining the role of tyranny?

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

5. As related by Apollodorus, how many years has Agathon not resided at Athens?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the different types of the creatures that Aristophanes speaks about?

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

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

4. What is the setting of the Symposium and the circumstances around it?

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

6. In Aristophanes' opinion, what other changes do the gods make to humans, and what is the reason for the changes?

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

8. What is the intention of Aristophanes' speech, and what clarification does he add to the end of it?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the different speeches given at the Symposium.

1) Analyze the similarities between Socrates' speech and Eryximachus' speech as well as what the main difference was between the two.

2) Explain which speeches had the most differences and why.

3) Describe the speech or speeches that you think made the most sense and/or contained the most important information.

Essay Topic 2

The main function and purpose of love is explained by Socrates at the end of his speech.

1) Analyze Socrates' theory on love's main purpose and the way he thinks that it can lead humans to immortality.

2) Describe the practice of higher learning that Diotima taught Socrates, how a person can become a philosopher, and the important realization they need to make along the way.

3) Explain Socrates' ideas about pregnancy and the way people are remembered, including the examples that he provides.

4) Describe the "hypothesis of the higher hypothesis" by Socrates and the way it relates to the true power of love.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the origin of love and the events leading up to it as they are outlined in the speech given by Socrates. Also, provide an analysis of Socrates' opinions on the resilience of love and how it is a reflection of both of its parents.

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