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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 begins the meeting by asking the women how they feel about their men being ___________.

2. Lysistrata says the first thing the women will do when they are in control is to rid the marketplace of ___________.

3. When Lysistrata says they need one person to represent all the women in the oath, who is this person?

4. ____________ demands that Lysistrata tell the women why they are there for the meeting.

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

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 Myrrhine tell Kinesias as she appears on the roof to talk to him?

3. What are the Chorus of Men carrying when they enter the scene at the beginning of Part 2?

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

5. What is the Messenger from Sparta trying to conceal underneath his cloak when he walks in?

6. What does Kinesias have to share when he comes out of the temple, though he first talks like a Spartan?

7. What does the Male Leader do when he approaches the Female Leader?

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

9. Why can't the Commissioner complete a deal with the Athenian fleet to outfit the fleet with wood?

10. What does the Female Leader do to the Male Leader when he threatens her?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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