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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 advice does Eryximachus give to Aristophanes before speaking in Part 3?

2. Why does Apollodorus think that rich men pity him?

3. What is the purpose of Aristophanes' speech, as he indicates after it is finished?

4. How many legs does man have in the beginning, according to Aristophanes?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What musical example does Eryximachus use to explain the difference between good and bad relationships?

2. Why does Phaedrus include the story of Achilles in his speech?

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

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

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

6. Where is Socrates when Aristodemus arrives at Agathon's house?

7. What is the description of the creature that Aristophanes gives at the beginning of his speech?

8. Why do Socrates and Agathon argue after Aristophanes' speech?

9. What might be seen as controversial about Pausanias' speech?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Analyze the entire Socrates-Agathon-Alcibiades escapade that occurs at the end of the story by including the following:

1) Explain the past events of Socrates and Alcibiades, including the effect Socrates has on Alcibiades, the failed advances that Alcibiades makes, and the descriptions he gives about Socrates.

2) Summarize the intentions and main ideas of Alcibiades' speech and the accusation he makes against Socrates.

3) Describe Socrates' response to Alcibiades, the way he exposes his plan, and the actions of both Socrates and Agathon after the speech is finished.

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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