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

2. How does Eryximachus define astronomy?

3. In Phaedrus' opinion, which ancient Greek writer agrees with Hesiod's theory?

4. What fear does Aristophanes have before making his speech?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. As Eryximachus explains, what is the role of a doctor in healing a patient?

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

4. How does Orpheus become an example used by Phaedrus to depict what not to do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Before Socrates starts giving his speech on love, he takes the time to make some observations about the other speeches and preface his own.

1) Analyze Socrates' opinions of the other speeches in general, including the compliments he has for them, along with the way he dismisses them.

2) Describe Socrates' comments about Agathon's speech.

3) Explain the irony in Socrates' assumption that the speeches should contain the truth and the way that he prepares the guests for his speech.

4) Describe why Socrates is compelled to speak the truth as he understands it, his lack of concern for who it might offend, and how that adds to his reputation.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the parallels between love and music that Eryximachus makes in his speech. Include several examples of how love and music are similar and why Eryximachus uses music as an effective metaphor in analyzing the way that love works.

Essay Topic 3

Explain how the subject of love is decided as the main topic for the speeches given at the Symposium. Be sure to include whose idea it was, how it was suggested, how the guests and Socrates, in particular, respond, and what conditions were agreed upon before the speeches begin.

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