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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. Where does Phaedrus think that Achilles was sent after his death?

2. How does Socrates appear when he meets Aristodemus before going to the party?

3. How does Phaedrus describe Love?

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

5. According to Eryximachus, what elements create rhythm?

Short Essay Questions

1. How many kinds of love does Pausanias claim there are and why?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is the setting of the Symposium and the circumstances around it?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the way that humans were created and developed, according to Aristophanes' speech. Include the descriptions of the creatures themselves, the purposes for the changes made to them, and how they formed relationships and married. Also, analyze how the speech by Aristophanes might highlight a broader point about the need for answers during the time of the Ancient Greeks.

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

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.

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