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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. As Pausanius explains, who is the oldest goddess of love's father?

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

3. What fear does Aristophanes have before making his speech?

4. According to Socrates, who changes proverbs about Agamemnon and Menelaus?

5. Where is Socrates before entering Agathon's house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Who are the parents of love, according to Pausanias?

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

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

9. What approach does Eryximachus take when speaking about love and how does it differ from the previous speeches?

10. What is the intention of Aristophanes' speech, and what clarification does he add to the end of it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Analyze the two types of love that Pausanias describes in his speech. What are their characteristics, the way they are both applied, and what Pausanias thinks the origin of love is. Also, describe the examples that Pausanias provides to support his theory.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the possible controversy of Pausanias' speech as it might be interpreted today by detailing his views on relationships and the laws that govern them. Include an analysis of the differences in time period, why Pausanias might have made this type of speech, and whether the practices he endorses are acceptable.

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