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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

Eryximachus' speech features a departure in the approach of the topic, love.

1) Describe how Eryximachus takes Aristophanes' place in the order of speeches and why.

2) Explain Erystimachus' scientific approach to love, including the role it has in medicine and health.

3) Analyze the major differences in the speeches that took place before Eryximachus' speech and the one that he delivers.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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