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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. Where does Phaedrus think that Achilles was sent after his death?

2. What is Apollodorus' old name?

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

4. Which goddess does Pausanius associate with love?

5. What effect does Phaedrus think Love has on a coward?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Analyze the questions that Socrates asks Agathon at the beginning of his speech. Include the point of the questions, the logic that Socrates uses, Agathon's responses, and Socrates' purpose for asking them.

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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