Lysistrata Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the males offer up as a sign of power for men after praising the man in the story?

2. As Lysistrata talks with the ______________, some of the women try to run away.

3. The Female Leader tells the Male Leader he looks more like a ____________ than ever.

4. Kinesias joins the Male Chorus in offering up a verse to the God _____________ to end his pain.

5. The Commissioner orders the ____________ to move along, saying the Spartans need to pass.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

At one point, the women prove to be wittier than the men during a verbal exchange.

Part 1: Why do you think Aristophanes decided to have the women be wittier in this play?

Part 2: Do you think wit or strength is more important during conflict? Why?

Part 3: Do you think the men are being treated unfairly in this play? Like caricatures of themselves in their gender role? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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