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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. As used in Eryximachus' speech, what does the word "licentiousness" mean?

2. What is Aristodemus concerned about as he and Socrates go to the party?

3. What fear does Aristophanes have before making his speech?

4. How does Eryximachus describe Polyhymnia?

5. In Pausanius' view, who is the father of the youngest goddess of love?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How many kinds of love does Pausanias claim there are and why?

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

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

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

8. How is the subject of the speeches at the Symposium decided?

9. What do Socrates and Aristodemus talk about on the way to the house and what is Aristodemus' dilemma?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Phaedrus speaks about the way people will fight and/or die for love.

1) Summarize Phaedrus' opinion of love and its ability to motivate people.

2) Describe the story of Alcestis as it is used in Phaedrus' speech.

3) Compare the stories of Achilles and Orpheus in the way they are referenced by Phaedrus.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

As Eryximachus concludes his speech, he discusses the effect love can have on things besides humans.

1) Describe Eryximachus' theory on how love can affect nature and the seasons, including examples.

2) Explain Eryximachus' definition of astrology and how love is involved with the order of the stars.

3) Based on the thoughts presented in Eryximachus' speech, describe the effect love can have on religion and worship.

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