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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. In thoughts of what does Kleonike begin to lose herself when she is talking with Lysistrata?

2. Lysistrata compares the life of a city to a __________ newly shaved off a sheep.

3. What does Lysistrata have in her hand that helps her block the advances of the officers?

4. The _______________ pour out of the temple, overwhelming the Commissioner and the men.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Chorus of Women reveal about the way they are dressed?

2. What is the story of the hunter that the Male Chorus tells in verse?

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

4. What happens as Lysistrata talks to the Female Leader, proving her confession to the leader?

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

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

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

8. What does the Commissioner order the Chorus to do when he comes out of the temple?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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