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 says that all the women have heard about what a _________ man Kinesias is.

2. Kinesias eagerly urges Myrrhine to __________ with him, but she stalls him.

3. The Female Leader promises the Male Leader she will free the ____________ in him.

4. What is the slave carrying when the scene begins in this part of the play?

5. Who dresses the Male Leader in his robes and tunic again, though the Male Leader doesn't think this gesture is sincere?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Many people don't realize that Lysistrata and Myrrhine may actually refer to real women in the history of Greece.

Part 1: Why do you think Aristophanes decided to have potentially real characters used in his play?

Part 2: Does the addition of real people to the play strengthen the play or weaken it? Why?

Part 3: How do you think the addition of real people show the affects of the play's actions on society of the time?

Essay Topic 3

Money is another theme that seems to take up a lot of energy in this play, with the women taking over the Treasury as well.

Part 1: Why do you think the women decided that the Treasury might also impact the peace efforts?

Part 2: What do you think the play is trying to say about the roles of sex and money in society? Why?

Part 3: Do you think sex or money has more power in society? Why?

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