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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

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

Women withholding sex from the men is more of a punchline in today's society, as evidenced by the jokes in sitcoms and movies.

Part 1: Why do you think women are seen as having more power in the sexual gratification of men?

Part 2: What do you think might happen if women were to withhold sex from men today?

Part 3: Do you think it's fair that women have so much power to control sexual encounters in today's society? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Money is another theme that seems to take up a lot of energy in this play, with the women taking over the Treasury as well.

Part 1: Why do you think the women decided that the Treasury might also impact the peace efforts?

Part 2: What do you think the play is trying to say about the roles of sex and money in society? Why?

Part 3: Do you think sex or money has more power in society? Why?

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