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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 Male Leader asks the Commissioner to arrest Lysistrata and the rest of the women in the name of ____________.

2. Lysistrata talks about unraveling the political and military situation in the city the same way one would unravel __________.

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

4. The Commissioner talks about making a deal that will outfit the Athenian __________ with wood to make repairs.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the women do after Lysistrata reads to them the prophecy and they see her point?

2. What does Kleonike tell Lysistrata that women are good for, and she says this is only practical to think this?

3. What does the Female Leader suggest now that peace is at hand, which the Male Leader initially refuses?

4. What does Lysistrata reveal to the Female Leader when she asks Lysistrata what is wrong?

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

6. What is the story the Female Chorus tells in rebuttal of the men's story about the hunter?

7. How does Lysistrata conclude her final statement to the Athenians and Spartans?

8. What happens as the officers attempt to arrest the women who are blocking the way to the Akropolis?

9. What does the Commissioner credit with helping the talks that have taken place in the Akropolis?

10. What does the Messenger tell the Commissioner about the state of affairs in Sparta?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Beyond the idea of gender differences, the play also tackles the more general theme of power and of control.

Part 1: Why are the women concerned that the men have more control or power in society?

Part 2: Why are the men interested in being in control over the women?

Part 3: Do you think the theme of control and power are applicable to today's society? Why or why not? In what ways, if so?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Within the play, the women and men fight for their 'rights' in society - women to have freedom and men to have power.

Part 1: Why do you think women feel they need to have more freedom now?

Part 2: Why do you think the men believe women's freedom is immoral?

Part 3: In fighting to have more, each of the genders seems to play into the stereotypes placed upon them. Why do you think this is the case?

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