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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 explains that the women must make themselves as _____________ as they can.

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

3. In thoughts of what does Kleonike begin to lose herself when she is talking with Lysistrata?

4. The only way that Greece can attain unity and ________ is if the women take control, according to Lysistrata.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. As the men arrange the wood and themselves for the attack, who approaches them?

3. What do the Chorus of Men believe the women's plot is actually just a cover for?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What's compelling about this play is that in the quest for peace, the women fight with the men - which seems to be a contradiction.

Part 1: Does one always have to fight for peace? Why or why not?

Part 2: Why do you think the women thought it was okay to fight the men to get what they wanted?

Part 3: Do you think the women are being hypocritical in fighting the men on their journey toward peace? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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