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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. What memory does Aristophanes believe humans are supposed to have of their creation?

3. Besides Apollodorus, to whom else has Aristodemus recounted the events of the party?

4. How does Eryximachus describe Polyhymnia?

5. Who requests that Socrates sit near him at the party?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Phaedrus use Alcestis' story as an example in his speech?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What do Socrates and Aristodemus talk about on the way to the house and what is Aristodemus' dilemma?

10. How does Orpheus become an example used by Phaedrus to depict what not to do?

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

Explain how the subject of love is decided as the main topic for the speeches given at the Symposium. Be sure to include whose idea it was, how it was suggested, how the guests and Socrates, in particular, respond, and what conditions were agreed upon before the speeches begin.

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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