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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 does Eryximachus believe to be the source of pestilence and destruction in nature?

2. What news does Agathon give to Aristodemus when he arrives?

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

4. Which country does Pausanius use as an example of barbarian laws?

5. In Pausanius' opinion, how many goddesses of love are there?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the story of the Symposium introduced and who is responsible for telling it?

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

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

4. What is the difference in the loves that Pausanias describes?

5. How does Socrates first appear when he is introduced in the Symposium?

6. How is music used by Eryximachus as a metaphor for love?

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

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

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

10. In Aristophanes' opinion, what other changes do the gods make to humans, and what is the reason for the changes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Phaedrus speaks about the way people will fight and/or die for love.

1) Summarize Phaedrus' opinion of love and its ability to motivate people.

2) Describe the story of Alcestis as it is used in Phaedrus' speech.

3) Compare the stories of Achilles and Orpheus in the way they are referenced by Phaedrus.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Socrates' introduction establishes his personality and reputation.

1) Describe how Socrates is first introduced as he talks with Aristodemus.

2) Explain why Socrates fears crowds and how that adds to his philosophical demeanor.

3) Describe the topics of conversation between Socrates and Aristodemus on their way to the party, the people quoted, and the points made.

4) Explain how and why Socrates disappears upon arriving at Agathon's house.

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