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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 talks about unraveling the political and military situation in the city the same way one would unravel __________.

2. Kleonike reluctantly takes hold of the _____________ with Lysistrata.

3. The men vow they will fight ______________ the same way they fought in the wars.

4. Lysistrata suggests they all take ______________ to seal their bargain and their plan.

5. Who is NOT one of the women who complain that since the men have been at war, they've hardly been home at all?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Male Leader say to the men as they are walking into the scene?

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

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

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

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

6. What does the Old Man have to say about the hunter in the story that they have told?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

It seems that in this play, appearance is something which matters more to the characters than it seems.

Part 1: Why do the women and the men slowly strip down their clothing when they are getting ready for battle?

Part 2: Why does Lysistrata dress up the Magistrate during a scene of the play?

Part 3: What does the author seem to be saying about clothes and appearance in this play? Why is this important?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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