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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

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 3

Had the roles of the genders been switched in this story, the reactions to this play would be much different.

Part 1: How do you think the play would have changed if the men were withholding sex from the women?

Part 2: Do you think the play would have been as strong if the women had been more submissive?

Part 3: Why do you think the women are seen as being powerful for taking charge, though if it had been the men, this may not have been the case?

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