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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, what is the love of the body rather than the soul?

2. In Pausanius' opinion, how many goddesses of love are there?

3. As explained by Phaedrus, how does Orpheus die as a result of his cowardice?

4. According to Aristophanes, how many faces does man begin with?

5. With what animal does Aristophanes compare the "man-woman creatures"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Socrates' opinion, what does a person's achievements have to do with love, and which example does he use?

3. At the conclusion of his speech, what does Socrates states is the true power or purpose of love?

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

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

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

7. What is Alcibiades' condition when he interrupts the party, and what does he encourage the other guests to do?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After a brief argument with Socrates, Agathon gives his speech.

1) Explain how Agathon disagrees with Phaedrus.

2) Describe what the characteristics of love are, according to Agathon.

3) Explain how Agathon's reputation for being a playwright might have influenced his thoughts and views about love.

4) Describe the effect that love can have on people as they are given in Agathon's speech.

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the questions that Socrates asks Agathon at the beginning of his speech. Include the point of the questions, the logic that Socrates uses, Agathon's responses, and Socrates' purpose for asking them.

Essay Topic 3

Apollodorus introduces an interesting notion about the way philosophers and rich people view each other.

1) Describe Apollodorus' general opinion of people and how he got his nickname.

2) Explain why he pities rich men and the reasons why he thinks they also pity him.

3) Analyze how the story might be affected be being told by someone with Apollodorus' views on life.

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