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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 goal for the men is to ____________ the women and make them leave the temple.

2. The Commissioner says that as ____________, they are responsible for what is happening.

3. _____________ says she will bring he men of Sparta over to her plan, and then the plan can be extended.

4. What is NOT one of the things that happen when the Male Leader and the Female Leader meet?

5. What does the Female Leader notice from the men's pots so she tells the women to stop?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Messenger tell the Commissioner about the state of affairs in Sparta?

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

3. What does Lysistrata confess she has been thinking about when Kleonike asks her why she called the meeting?

4. What does Lysistrata say that she and all the other women have already heard of Kinesias?

5. What does the Commissioner credit with helping the talks that have taken place in the Akropolis?

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

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

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

9. What do the women do after Lysistrata reads to them the prophecy and they see her point?

10. What does the Male Leader do when he approaches the Female Leader?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Many people don't realize that Lysistrata and Myrrhine may actually refer to real women in the history of Greece.

Part 1: Why do you think Aristophanes decided to have potentially real characters used in his play?

Part 2: Does the addition of real people to the play strengthen the play or weaken it? Why?

Part 3: How do you think the addition of real people show the affects of the play's actions on society of the time?

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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