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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 memory does Aristophanes believe humans are supposed to have of their creation?

2. Why does Apollodorus have pity for rich men?

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

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

5. What was Eryximachus' ancestor, Asclepius, an expert in?

Short Essay Questions

1. What effect might Plato's opinion of Socrates have on his writings?

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

3. What examples does Socrates provide of what men can leave behind?

4. In Socrates' opinion, what does a person's achievements have to do with love, and which example does he use?

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

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

7. What are the statues of Silenus and why does Alcibiades include them in his speech?

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

9. What is the significance of the theory revealed by Socrates at the end of the Symposium?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Diotima teaches Socrates about love and Socrates relates what he has learned to the guests at the Symposium.

1) Describe the definition of love that Socrates begins his speech with, as well as how he reached his opinion.

2) Discuss what Socrates thinks the characteristics of love are, along with why and how they contradict Agathon's speech.

3) Explain the reasons why Socrates believes that love is a spirit.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the different speeches given at the Symposium.

1) Analyze the similarities between Socrates' speech and Eryximachus' speech as well as what the main difference was between the two.

2) Explain which speeches had the most differences and why.

3) Describe the speech or speeches that you think made the most sense and/or contained the most important information.

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