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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 Phaedrus, which other motive is able to implant as well as Love?

2. As Aristophanes explains, what part of the body is extra skin used to form?

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

4. Besides Apollodorus, to whom else has Aristodemus recounted the events of the party?

5. What is the purpose of Aristophanes' speech, as he indicates after it is finished?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference in the loves that Pausanias describes?

2. What musical example does Eryximachus use to explain the difference between good and bad relationships?

3. How does Socrates first appear when he is introduced in the Symposium?

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

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

6. Where is Socrates when Aristodemus arrives at Agathon's house?

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

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

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

10. As Eryximachus explains, what is the role of a doctor in healing a patient?

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

Socrates' introduction establishes his personality and reputation.

1) Describe how Socrates is first introduced as he talks with Aristodemus.

2) Explain why Socrates fears crowds and how that adds to his philosophical demeanor.

3) Describe the topics of conversation between Socrates and Aristodemus on their way to the party, the people quoted, and the points made.

4) Explain how and why Socrates disappears upon arriving at Agathon's house.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how the subject of love is decided as the main topic for the speeches given at the Symposium. Be sure to include whose idea it was, how it was suggested, how the guests and Socrates, in particular, respond, and what conditions were agreed upon before the speeches begin.

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