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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 Male Leader tells the men of the Chorus, they must go to the _____________ in order to regain control.

2. ____________ says she has no concerns with making this plan work with the men of Sparta.

3. What is the Chorus of Men complaining about when they enter the second part?

4. What does Lysistrata say the women will do for the men, which angers the Commissioner?

5. The Commissioner demands to know why they women are so concerned about ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the Male Leader tell the rest of the Chorus they have to do in order to teach the women a lesson?

4. What does the Male Leader complain about after the Commissioner decides to try to create peace?

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

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

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

8. When the Female Leader speaks of having invested her sons in the life and worth of Athens, what does she suggest?

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

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

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

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 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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