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

2. The ________ Leader grabs the __________ Leader and slips away, telling the Chorus of Women to fight back.

3. The Female Leader suggests the men have wasted the ___________ invested in peace by their grandfathers.

4. The women urge themselves to have ____________ as they approach the men.

5. The Commissioner talks about making a deal that will outfit the Athenian __________ with wood to make repairs.

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the Chorus of Men believe the women's plot is actually just a cover for?

2. How do the men vow to fight the women, even though their bodies ache and the smoke makes them choke?

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

4. What does Lampito demand from Lysistrata when she arrives at the meeting Lysistrata has called?

5. What does the Male Leader tell the rest of the Chorus they have to do in order to teach the women a lesson?

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

7. What do the women say amongst themselves as they realize the men are at the temple waiting for them?

8. What does Kinesias have to share when he comes out of the temple, though he first talks like a Spartan?

9. What does Lysistrata reveal to the Female Leader when she asks Lysistrata what is wrong?

10. What does Lysistrata hear when she asks the women what they think of their men being at war?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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