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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the "statues of Silenus"?

2. What does Socrates think about the speeches he has just heard?

3. What does Socrates tell Alcibiades about his political efforts?

4. Which one of the following is not listed by Socrates as an idea that can be transmitted through love?

5. What does Alcibiades assure Socrates of before he begins speaking?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Eryximachus concludes his speech, he discusses the effect love can have on things besides humans.

1) Describe Eryximachus' theory on how love can affect nature and the seasons, including examples.

2) Explain Eryximachus' definition of astrology and how love is involved with the order of the stars.

3) Based on the thoughts presented in Eryximachus' speech, describe the effect love can have on religion and worship.

Essay Topic 2

The intentions of Aristophanes' speech are called into question after he makes a clarification at its conclusion.

1) Explain what you think the intentions of Aristophanes are in giving his speech and why.

2) Analyze why Aristophanes would take the time to give a speech that does not take the discussion of love in a significant direction.

3) Describe who Aristophanes' speech might have been designed to offend, either intentionally or unintentionally, and why.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the different speeches given at the Symposium.

1) Analyze the similarities between Socrates' speech and Eryximachus' speech as well as what the main difference was between the two.

2) Explain which speeches had the most differences and why.

3) Describe the speech or speeches that you think made the most sense and/or contained the most important information.

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