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. Lysistrata reminds Myrrhine that it is her __________ to get her husband all hot and bothered.

2. The women begin to offer Lysistrata excuses why they need to be __________ instead of there.

3. Myrrhine says that she _________ Kinesias, but she also realizes that he does not love her.

4. The male figure in the story goes out into the forest in order to avoid ____________.

5. Who accompanies Lysistrata when she is called into the room?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Through the play, one can begin to see what the author, Aristophanes, thought about women as well.

Part 1: Why do you think a woman was chosen to be the main character of this play?

Part 2: How is Lysistrata portrayed in this play? Is she strong and powerful or weak and manipulative?

Part 3: Do you think Aristophanes has a positive opinion of women? Why or why not?

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