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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 does add that if the men ____________, then the women can go ahead, but take no pleasure in it.

2. Who is the pretty young woman who arrives in time for Lysistrata's meeting of the women of the town?

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

4. Lampito does wonder about the men of ______________, though Sparta does seem to be reasonable.

5. Who appears with the four police officers at the start of this part of the play?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Male Leader complain about after the Commissioner decides to try to create peace?

2. What do Kleonike and some of the others complain about as they are waiting in the Temple?

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

4. How do the men vow to fight the women, even though their bodies ache and the smoke makes them choke?

5. What happens as the Men and the Women go head to head in the battle?

6. What do the women say amongst themselves as they realize the men are at the temple waiting for them?

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

8. What does Myrrhine tell Kinesias as she appears on the roof to talk to him?

9. What does Lysistrata have to complain to Kleonike when Kleonike arrives at the meeting?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Magistrate, when he comes in, starts by demeaning the women in order to get them to see reason.

Part 1: Why do you think the Magistrate feels the actions of the women need to stop?

Part 2: Why do you think the Magistrate tries to demean the women? Does he really think it will work?

Part 3: What do you think of the Magistrate? Is this an example of a powerful man? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The battle between men and women is the main conflict of the play, but this is not a theme which is limited to this time period.

Part 1: How do you define the idea of the battle between the sexes?

Part 2: Why is the battle of the sexes something that continues in modern times?

Part 3: Do you think the battle of the sexes can ever be won? Why or why not?

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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