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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 do the women fling at the men in order to douse their aggression?

2. The _________ vow to fight with real, physical strength in the battle between the men and the women.

3. The men think the women's plan is a cover for a plan by _________ to empty the Athenian Treasury.

4. Who appears with the four police officers at the start of this part of the play?

5. The Commissioner says he refuses to be told to be quiet by someone wearing a ___________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the Chorus of Men carrying when they enter the scene at the beginning of Part 2?

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

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

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

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

7. What does the Chorus of Women reveal about the way they are dressed?

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

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

10. What does the Commissioner say the males have done, which has caused the chaos to erupt?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It's interesting to think about other motivations the women may have had in this play to begin to withhold sex.

Part 1: Do you think the intentions of the women were pure and only for the promotion of peace? Why or why not?

Part 2: How does the play change for you if the women were simply withholding sex because they were bored from being at home alone?

Part 3: Do you think the women were as interested in peace as they seemed to be? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Through the play, one can begin to see what the author, Aristophanes, thought about women as well.

Part 1: Why do you think a woman was chosen to be the main character of this play?

Part 2: How is Lysistrata portrayed in this play? Is she strong and powerful or weak and manipulative?

Part 3: Do you think Aristophanes has a positive opinion of women? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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