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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. Who firsts requests drinking in moderation at the party?

2. According to Socrates, who changes proverbs about Agamemnon and Menelaus?

3. According to Aristophanes, how many faces does man begin with?

4. According to Glaucon, what is the road to Athens made for?

5. How does Pausanius describe the love taking place in barbarian countries?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is Aristophanes unable to speak after Pausanias as scheduled?

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

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

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 3

Explain the possible controversy of Pausanias' speech as it might be interpreted today by detailing his views on relationships and the laws that govern them. Include an analysis of the differences in time period, why Pausanias might have made this type of speech, and whether the practices he endorses are acceptable.

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