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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. What does astronomy inform people of, according to Eryximachus?

2. Who is Apollodorus talking with at the beginning of <i>Symposium</i>?

3. What is the order of the three things in Hesiod's theory, as referenced by Phaedrus?

4. What does Aristophanes state that mankind does not understand?

5. Who has an argument at the end of Aristophanes' speech?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Diotima help Socrates understand how a person can become a philosopher through love?

4. As explained by Socrates, what is the confusing part of love and what are some of the different kinds of love that exist?

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

6. Why do Socrates and Agathon argue after Aristophanes' speech?

7. How does Phaedrum describe love at the beginning of his speech?

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

9. What advice does Eryximachus have for Aristophanes before he starts speaking?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the way Plato decides to tell the story of the Symposium. Include the effects of having a story delivered from a second-hand account, why Apollodorus is qualified to recount the events of the party, and how he has been able to confirm the information that Aristodemus provided. Also, explain whether Plato's own opinions of Socrates influence the way the story is presented.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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