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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. Which goddess does Pausanius associate with love?

2. What news does Agathon give to Aristodemus when he arrives?

3. Who has an argument at the end of Aristophanes' speech?

4. How many legs does man have in the beginning, according to Aristophanes?

5. Who interrupts the argument at the end of Part 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. What advice does Eryximachus have for Aristophanes before he starts speaking?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Analyze the entire Socrates-Agathon-Alcibiades escapade that occurs at the end of the story by including the following:

1) Explain the past events of Socrates and Alcibiades, including the effect Socrates has on Alcibiades, the failed advances that Alcibiades makes, and the descriptions he gives about Socrates.

2) Summarize the intentions and main ideas of Alcibiades' speech and the accusation he makes against Socrates.

3) Describe Socrates' response to Alcibiades, the way he exposes his plan, and the actions of both Socrates and Agathon after the speech is finished.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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