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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 hit the Male Leader with before running back?

2. What can be heard as the two women pass a goblet back and forth?

3. Lysistrata explains that her plan is to have the women abstain from ____________ in order to end the war.

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

5. Lysistrata tells the women to be calm and wait for the spirit of _________ to fill the men so the attack can really begin.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why can't the Commissioner complete a deal with the Athenian fleet to outfit the fleet with wood?

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

6. What kinds of crude jokes does the Commissioner make to the Messenger from Sparta?

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

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

9. What does the Commissioner credit with helping the talks that have taken place in the Akropolis?

10. What is the long story that the Magistrate tells at the start of the scene supposed to illustrate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Money is another theme that seems to take up a lot of energy in this play, with the women taking over the Treasury as well.

Part 1: Why do you think the women decided that the Treasury might also impact the peace efforts?

Part 2: What do you think the play is trying to say about the roles of sex and money in society? Why?

Part 3: Do you think sex or money has more power in society? Why?

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

The Magistrate, when he comes in, starts by demeaning the women in order to get them to see reason.

Part 1: Why do you think the Magistrate feels the actions of the women need to stop?

Part 2: Why do you think the Magistrate tries to demean the women? Does he really think it will work?

Part 3: What do you think of the Magistrate? Is this an example of a powerful man? Why or why not?

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