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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

There are a number of different points at which Aristophanes uses symbolism in his play.

Part 1: What do you think the symbolism of the men carrying wood and fire is? Why?

Part 2: What do you think the symbolism of the women carrying water in pitchers is? Why?

Part 3: How might the scene in which the women douse the men with water be interpreted on a symbolic level? 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

Sex seems to be the main theme and struggle of the play - after all, the women are holding back sexual favors to get their way.

Part 1: Do you think the idea of withholding sex is a good idea to promote peace?

Part 2: Do you think the withholding of sex would work in modern times? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think that the women decided that sex was the only way to create peace?

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