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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 grab before running back to the women?

2. The women also complain about how hard it was to fill their _______________.

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

4. The women urge themselves to have ____________ as they approach the men.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Kleonike tell Lysistrata that women are good for, and she says this is only practical to think this?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What do Kleonike and some of the others complain about as they are waiting in the Temple?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

While the subject matter might seem a bit dark and serious at times, it seems that this play is considered a comedy.

Part 1: Why do you think this play is actually considered to be a comedy?

Part 2: Do you think the comedic parts support or diminish the themes of this play? Why?

Part 3: Would you consider this play to be a comedy? Why or why not?

(see the answer keys)

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