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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 does the grabbing in #93 do to the Male Leader in the play?

2. The Female Leaders talks about having invested her _________ in the life and worth of Athens.

3. Who is the well-off young woman who decides to attend the meeting Lysistrata has called?

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

5. Lysistrata does add that if the men ____________, then the women can go ahead, but take no pleasure in it.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lysistrata tell the women when she says she understands they are lonely?

2. What does the Commissioner order the Chorus to do when he comes out of the temple?

3. How does Lysistrata conclude her final statement to the Athenians and Spartans?

4. What does the Female Leader do to the Male Leader when he threatens her?

5. When the Female Leader speaks of having invested her sons in the life and worth of Athens, what does she suggest?

6. What is the Messenger from Sparta trying to conceal underneath his cloak when he walks in?

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

8. What does the Magistrate condemn the Chorus for doing at the start of this scene?

9. What happens when the Male Leader bangs on the door of the Akropolis?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Women withholding sex from the men is more of a punchline in today's society, as evidenced by the jokes in sitcoms and movies.

Part 1: Why do you think women are seen as having more power in the sexual gratification of men?

Part 2: What do you think might happen if women were to withhold sex from men today?

Part 3: Do you think it's fair that women have so much power to control sexual encounters in today's society? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Beyond the idea of gender differences, the play also tackles the more general theme of power and of control.

Part 1: Why are the women concerned that the men have more control or power in society?

Part 2: Why are the men interested in being in control over the women?

Part 3: Do you think the theme of control and power are applicable to today's society? Why or why not? In what ways, if so?

Essay Topic 3

Within the play, the women and men fight for their 'rights' in society - women to have freedom and men to have power.

Part 1: Why do you think women feel they need to have more freedom now?

Part 2: Why do you think the men believe women's freedom is immoral?

Part 3: In fighting to have more, each of the genders seems to play into the stereotypes placed upon them. Why do you think this is the case?

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