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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 they must retake the ____________ and teach the women a lesson.

2. Lysistrata points out that she wants women to gain ______________ through making themselves pretty.

3. What does the Female Leader grab before running back to the women?

4. Lysistrata lets the women know there is already a group of older ___________ women waiting for her signal.

5. Lysistrata compares the life of a city to a __________ newly shaved off a sheep.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the Commissioner credit with helping the talks that have taken place in the Akropolis?

4. What is the Messenger from Sparta trying to conceal underneath his cloak when he walks in?

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

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

7. What happens when the Chorus of Men take off their cloaks at the start of the scene?

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

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

10. What does the Commissioner say the males have done, which has caused the chaos to erupt?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Women withholding sex from the men is more of a punchline in today's society, as evidenced by the jokes in sitcoms and movies.

Part 1: Why do you think women are seen as having more power in the sexual gratification of men?

Part 2: What do you think might happen if women were to withhold sex from men today?

Part 3: Do you think it's fair that women have so much power to control sexual encounters in today's society? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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