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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. According to Aristophanes, how many faces does man begin with?

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

3. According to Phaedrus' story, how could Achilles have avoided death?

4. Which one of the following is not one of the features that Aristophanes includes in his description of what humans were once like?

5. What three elements share a harmonious love in nature, as stated by Eryximachus?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After a brief argument with Socrates, Agathon gives his speech.

1) Explain how Agathon disagrees with Phaedrus.

2) Describe what the characteristics of love are, according to Agathon.

3) Explain how Agathon's reputation for being a playwright might have influenced his thoughts and views about love.

4) Describe the effect that love can have on people as they are given in Agathon's speech.

Essay Topic 3

Apollodorus introduces an interesting notion about the way philosophers and rich people view each other.

1) Describe Apollodorus' general opinion of people and how he got his nickname.

2) Explain why he pities rich men and the reasons why he thinks they also pity him.

3) Analyze how the story might be affected be being told by someone with Apollodorus' views on life.

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