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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. How many kinds of love does Pausanius think there are?

2. Why are the speeches between Phaedrus and Pausanias left out of Aristodemus' account?

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

4. As used in Eryximachus' speech, what does the word "licentiousness" mean?

5. According to Eryximachus, what elements create rhythm?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What might be seen as controversial about Pausanias' speech?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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