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. Where does Myrrhine appear when she finally sees Kinesias as he approaches the building?

2. The ______________ suggests that since peace is at hand, the battle of the sexes should end too.

3. What is Kinesias wearing when he walks into the scene at this part?

4. Who comes into the scene at the start of this part of the play?

5. One of the Spartans speaks in a long verse that praises _________________.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of different points at which Aristophanes uses symbolism in his play.

Part 1: What do you think the symbolism of the men carrying wood and fire is? Why?

Part 2: What do you think the symbolism of the women carrying water in pitchers is? Why?

Part 3: How might the scene in which the women douse the men with water be interpreted on a symbolic level? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Though the women are looking to have more freedom and to have peace in the area, they seem to be going about it by playing on stereotypes they're trying to dismiss.

Part 1: Why did the women choose sex as the bargaining chip in the fight for peace?

Part 2: Do you think tempting the men is a strong way of showing the men that they are the more powerful sex? Why or why not?

Part 3: Does the idea of women using lust to gain power seem to support feminism or not? Why?

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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