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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 Chorus of Women point out that the men have left Athens with ___________.

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

3. Lysistrata notes that when women offered suggestions, they were told to be ____________.

4. Lysistrata tells the women to be calm and wait for the spirit of _________ to fill the men so the attack can really begin.

5. The Commissioner demands to know why they women are so concerned about ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does the Male Leader remind the Chorus of men to do with the pot and the wood?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

War is another of the many themes touched upon in the play "Lysistrata." The men are battling and the women begin to battle the men.

Part 1: Why is war such an important part of Greek society?

Part 2: Do you think a society will ever be able to abstain from war completely? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why do you think war is such an important part of the world today? Or is it?

Essay Topic 3

Lysistrata is a character few people can forget after reading this play.

Part 1: Why do you think Lysistrata believes that only women can help to bring peace to the society?

Part 2: What might have motivated Lysistrata to be the one to be in charge of this new plan?

Part 3: Do you think you would have followed Lysistrata if you were a part of the society of the time?

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