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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 explained by Phaedrus, how does Orpheus die as a result of his cowardice?

2. What princess does Phaedrus use as an example for a sacrifice made out of Love?

3. What is Aristodemus concerned about as he and Socrates go to the party?

4. As related by Apollodorus, how many years has Agathon not resided at Athens?

5. What was Eryximachus' ancestor, Asclepius, an expert in?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is the description of the creature that Aristophanes gives at the beginning of his speech?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

After a brief argument with Socrates, Agathon gives his speech.

1) Explain how Agathon disagrees with Phaedrus.

2) Describe what the characteristics of love are, according to Agathon.

3) Explain how Agathon's reputation for being a playwright might have influenced his thoughts and views about love.

4) Describe the effect that love can have on people as they are given in Agathon's speech.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the origin of love and the events leading up to it as they are outlined in the speech given by Socrates. Also, provide an analysis of Socrates' opinions on the resilience of love and how it is a reflection of both of its parents.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the way Plato decides to tell the story of the Symposium. Include the effects of having a story delivered from a second-hand account, why Apollodorus is qualified to recount the events of the party, and how he has been able to confirm the information that Aristodemus provided. Also, explain whether Plato's own opinions of Socrates influence the way the story is presented.

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