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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. How does Socrates appear when he meets Aristodemus before going to the party?

2. What is the "art" that Eryximachus refers to as the inspiration for the ideas in his speech?

3. Where does Phaedrus think that Achilles was sent after his death?

4. What is Apollodorus' old name?

5. According to Eryximachus, what elements create rhythm?

Short Essay Questions

1. What events does Alcibiades describe in his speech, and how do they show that Socrates cannot be bribed?

2. According to Alcibiades, what effect did Socrates have on him?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Socrates believe that love cannot be beautiful or ugly, and what analogy does he use?

9. What is the description of the creature that Aristophanes gives at the beginning of his speech?

10. What does Socrates think the function of love is?

Essay 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 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

Explain the possible controversy of Pausanias' speech as it might be interpreted today by detailing his views on relationships and the laws that govern them. Include an analysis of the differences in time period, why Pausanias might have made this type of speech, and whether the practices he endorses are acceptable.

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