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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. With what animal does Aristophanes compare the "man-woman creatures"?

2. What is the order of the three things in Hesiod's theory, as referenced by Phaedrus?

3. What does Pausanius think is the true test of a love's class?

4. According to Phaedrus' story, how could Achilles have avoided death?

5. How does Eryximachus describe Polyhymnia?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Agathon describe love?

3. What does Socrates think the function of love is?

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

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

6. What is the significance of the theory revealed by Socrates at the end of the Symposium?

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

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

9. At the conclusion of his speech, what does Socrates states is the true power or purpose of love?

10. What accusation does Alcibiades make against Socrates and why?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the questions that Socrates asks Agathon at the beginning of his speech. Include the point of the questions, the logic that Socrates uses, Agathon's responses, and Socrates' purpose for asking them.

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

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.

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