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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 women are now armed with ___________ to fight off the attack by the men and the soldiers.

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

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

4. The Chorus of Men take off their ________, revealing they are ready for battle.

5. Who is the pretty young woman who arrives in time for Lysistrata's meeting of the women of the town?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when the Male Leader talks about the injuries that have been done to them?

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

3. What does Lampito demand from Lysistrata when she arrives at the meeting Lysistrata has called?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

It's interesting to think about other motivations the women may have had in this play to begin to withhold sex.

Part 1: Do you think the intentions of the women were pure and only for the promotion of peace? Why or why not?

Part 2: How does the play change for you if the women were simply withholding sex because they were bored from being at home alone?

Part 3: Do you think the women were as interested in peace as they seemed to be? Why or why not?

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