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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. _____________ says she will bring he men of Sparta over to her plan, and then the plan can be extended.

2. The men think the women's plan is a cover for a plan by _________ to empty the Athenian Treasury.

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

4. Who is told to go to Sparta to spread the word about the plan of Lysistrata?

5. The Commissioner talks about how they have allowed their women too much ______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the Commissioner orders the officers to pry open the doors to the Akropolis?

2. What does Lysistrata think will happen if the women of Greece take control?

3. What do to the women talk about as they prepare for battle with the men?

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

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

6. What does Lysistrata say that she and all the other women have already heard of Kinesias?

7. What does the Commissioner say the males have done, which has caused the chaos to erupt?

8. Who is Kinesias followed by when he comes into the Temple?

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

10. Why do the Chorus of Men remove another layer of clothing, as they explain to the women?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Had the roles of the genders been switched in this story, the reactions to this play would be much different.

Part 1: How do you think the play would have changed if the men were withholding sex from the women?

Part 2: Do you think the play would have been as strong if the women had been more submissive?

Part 3: Why do you think the women are seen as being powerful for taking charge, though if it had been the men, this may not have been the case?

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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