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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

Before Socrates starts giving his speech on love, he takes the time to make some observations about the other speeches and preface his own.

1) Analyze Socrates' opinions of the other speeches in general, including the compliments he has for them, along with the way he dismisses them.

2) Describe Socrates' comments about Agathon's speech.

3) Explain the irony in Socrates' assumption that the speeches should contain the truth and the way that he prepares the guests for his speech.

4) Describe why Socrates is compelled to speak the truth as he understands it, his lack of concern for who it might offend, and how that adds to his reputation.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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