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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 fear does Aristophanes have before making his speech?

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

4. How is the muse, Urania, described in Eryximachus' speech?

5. Why does Apollodorus have pity for rich men?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the purpose of love, according to Eryximachus?

4. How does Phaedrum describe love at the beginning of his speech?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the different speeches given at the Symposium.

1) Analyze the similarities between Socrates' speech and Eryximachus' speech as well as what the main difference was between the two.

2) Explain which speeches had the most differences and why.

3) Describe the speech or speeches that you think made the most sense and/or contained the most important information.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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