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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 Female Leader grab before running back to the women?

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

3. To whom do the Women pray in order to have strength and guidance?

4. The Commissioner demands to know why they women are so concerned about ____________.

5. Lysistrata points out that she wants women to gain ______________ through making themselves pretty.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Female Leader suggest now that peace is at hand, which the Male Leader initially refuses?

2. What do to the women talk about as they prepare for battle with the men?

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

4. What does Lysistrata say that she and all the other women have already heard of Kinesias?

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

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

7. What happens when the Commissioner orders the officers to pry open the doors to the Akropolis?

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

9. What does Lysistrata have to complain to Kleonike when Kleonike arrives at the meeting?

10. How does Lysistrata think that salvation can be gained for women?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

War is another of the many themes touched upon in the play "Lysistrata." The men are battling and the women begin to battle the men.

Part 1: Why is war such an important part of Greek society?

Part 2: Do you think a society will ever be able to abstain from war completely? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think war is such an important part of the world today? Or is it?

Essay Topic 3

While the subject matter might seem a bit dark and serious at times, it seems that this play is considered a comedy.

Part 1: Why do you think this play is actually considered to be a comedy?

Part 2: Do you think the comedic parts support or diminish the themes of this play? Why?

Part 3: Would you consider this play to be a comedy? Why or why not?

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