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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. The Chorus of Men appears, carrying a pot containing ___________ and branches of wood.

2. Lysistrata says the first thing the women will do when they are in control is to rid the marketplace of ___________.

3. Who is told to go to Sparta to spread the word about the plan of Lysistrata?

4. Lysistrata begins the meeting by asking the women how they feel about their men being ___________.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the Male Leader bangs on the door of the Akropolis?

2. What is Kinesias wearing when he enters the Temple in order to talk to Myrrhine?

3. What does Lysistrata remind the Commissioner when the women overwhelm the officers at the Akropolis?

4. What does Kleonike tell Lysistrata that women are good for, and she says this is only practical to think this?

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

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

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

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

9. What does the Commissioner tell the Messenger to do in response to the news he hears?

10. What happens as the officers attempt to arrest the women who are blocking the way to the Akropolis?

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

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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