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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 Eryximachus define symphony?

2. What effect does Phaedrus think Love has on a coward?

3. What is Eryximachus' suggestion for the flute-girl?

4. According to Glaucon, what is the road to Athens made for?

5. Who requests that Socrates sit near him at the party?

Short Essay Questions

1. How well does Apollodorus know Socrates in order to verify the information of what took place at the Symposium?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How is Aristodemus' dilemma resolved when he and Socrates arrive at the party?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the way that humans were created and developed, according to Aristophanes' speech. Include the descriptions of the creatures themselves, the purposes for the changes made to them, and how they formed relationships and married. Also, analyze how the speech by Aristophanes might highlight a broader point about the need for answers during the time of the Ancient Greeks.

Essay Topic 2

The main function and purpose of love is explained by Socrates at the end of his speech.

1) Analyze Socrates' theory on love's main purpose and the way he thinks that it can lead humans to immortality.

2) Describe the practice of higher learning that Diotima taught Socrates, how a person can become a philosopher, and the important realization they need to make along the way.

3) Explain Socrates' ideas about pregnancy and the way people are remembered, including the examples that he provides.

4) Describe the "hypothesis of the higher hypothesis" by Socrates and the way it relates to the true power of love.

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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