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Final Test - Hard

Name: _________________________ Period: ___________________

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

Short Answer Questions

1. _______________ tells the Spartans and the Athenians to take their women back home.

2. Who comes out of the Akropolis, drunk and belligerent when the door is pounded upon?

3. The Male Chorus speaks in verse and tells a story about a ____________.

4. What is NOT one of the things Kinesias feels Myrrhine should be ashamed of since she has left?

5. _____________ says that women may be hairless, but they are still mighty.

Essay Topics

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?

Beyond the idea of gender differences, the play also tackles the more general theme of power and of control.

Part 1: Why are the women concerned that the men have more control or power in society?

Part 2: Why are the men interested in being in control over the women?

Part 3: Do you think the theme of control and power are applicable to today's society? Why or why not? In what ways, if so?

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?

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