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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. The goal for the men is to ____________ the women and make them leave the temple.

2. The _______________ pour out of the temple, overwhelming the Commissioner and the men.

3. What does the Commissioner tell the officers to use in order to pry open the doors to the Akropolis?

4. The Commissioner talks about how they have allowed their women too much ______________.

5. The Male and Female Chorus Leaders argue about who has the right to ____________, men or women.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens as Lysistrata talks to the Female Leader, proving her confession to the leader?

2. What happens as the Men and the Women go head to head in the battle?

3. What does the Male Leader remind the Chorus of men to do with the pot and the wood?

4. What do Kleonike and some of the others complain about as they are waiting in the Temple?

5. As the men arrange the wood and themselves for the attack, who approaches them?

6. Why is Lysistrata pacing at the start of the play during the opening scene?

7. What is the story the Female Chorus tells in rebuttal of the men's story about the hunter?

8. Why do the Chorus of Men remove another layer of clothing, as they explain to the women?

9. What do the women do after Lysistrata reads to them the prophecy and they see her point?

10. What does Kinesias say about the condition of the baby that the slave is carrying?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What's compelling about this play is that in the quest for peace, the women fight with the men - which seems to be a contradiction.

Part 1: Does one always have to fight for peace? Why or why not?

Part 2: Why do you think the women thought it was okay to fight the men to get what they wanted?

Part 3: Do you think the women are being hypocritical in fighting the men on their journey toward peace? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Quite often in this play, there are double entendres included in order to continue to support the discussion of sex and its power.

Part 1: Why do you think the play continues to use double entendres as the action reveals itself?

Part 2: Why do you think double entendres are used in modern society?

Part 3: Why do you think sex can not be spoken of plainly in the play and in the modern world?

Essay Topic 3

Lysistrata is a character few people can forget after reading this play.

Part 1: Why do you think Lysistrata believes that only women can help to bring peace to the society?

Part 2: What might have motivated Lysistrata to be the one to be in charge of this new plan?

Part 3: Do you think you would have followed Lysistrata if you were a part of the society of the time?

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