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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 Female Leader hit the Male Leader with before running back?

2. What does the Male Leader do to the Female Leader when he approaches her?

3. What does the Commissioner tell the officers to use in order to pry open the doors to the Akropolis?

4. The Commissioner goes into a story about how women fighting for their rights brings ______________.

5. Lysistrata wraps the Commissioner up in a piece of __________ to represent a shroud.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lysistrata have to complain to Kleonike when Kleonike arrives at the meeting?

2. What does the Commissioner tell the Messenger to do in response to the news he hears?

3. What does Myrrhine tell Kinesias as she appears on the roof to talk to him?

4. What happens as Lysistrata talks to the Female Leader, proving her confession to the leader?

5. What happens as the Men and the Women go head to head in the battle?

6. What does Lysistrata confess she has been thinking about when Kleonike asks her why she called the meeting?

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

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

9. What kinds of crude jokes does the Commissioner make to the Messenger from Sparta?

10. What does Kinesias plead for when he is talking to Lysistrata during this scene?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

It seems that in this play, appearance is something which matters more to the characters than it seems.

Part 1: Why do the women and the men slowly strip down their clothing when they are getting ready for battle?

Part 2: Why does Lysistrata dress up the Magistrate during a scene of the play?

Part 3: What does the author seem to be saying about clothes and appearance in this play? Why is this important?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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