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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 is the size of the audience that sees Agathon's play?

2. According to Phaedrus, which other motive is able to implant as well as Love?

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

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

5. In Pausanius' view, who is the father of the youngest goddess of love?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is Aristodemus' dilemma resolved when he and Socrates arrive at the party?

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

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

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

8. How is music used by Eryximachus as a metaphor for love?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the way that humans were created and developed, according to Aristophanes' speech. Include the descriptions of the creatures themselves, the purposes for the changes made to them, and how they formed relationships and married. Also, analyze how the speech by Aristophanes might highlight a broader point about the need for answers during the time of the Ancient Greeks.

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

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.

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