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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. Why does Socrates refuse to attend Agathon's sacrifice of victory?

2. How does Pausanius describe the love taking place in barbarian countries?

3. In Eryximachus' opinion, what can the best physician do?

4. In Phaedrus' opinion, which ancient Greek writer agrees with Hesiod's theory?

5. What causes the "man-woman" creatures in Aristophanes' story to become adulterers?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Orpheus become an example used by Phaedrus to depict what not to do?

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

4. What might be seen as controversial about Pausanias' speech?

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

6. What is the purpose of love, according to Eryximachus?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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