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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. According to Eryximachus, how many kinds of love exist in the human body?

2. Why does Apollodorus think that rich men pity him?

3. Which country does Pausanius use as an example of barbarian laws?

4. What statement about music does Eryximachus think is absurd?

5. In Eryximachus' opinion, what is education in musical terms?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the different types of the creatures that Aristophanes speaks about?

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

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

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

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

7. How well does Apollodorus know Socrates in order to verify the information of what took place at the Symposium?

8. What is the intention of Aristophanes' speech, and what clarification does he add to the end of it?

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

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

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

Analyze the two types of love that Pausanias describes in his speech. What are their characteristics, the way they are both applied, and what Pausanias thinks the origin of love is. Also, describe the examples that Pausanias provides to support his theory.

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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