The Acharnians [and] the Clouds [and] Lysistrata Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the second ambassador in the assembly to speak?

2. What does Dikaiopolis take as tax from the Thebian?

3. What's wrong with the Megarian's appearance?

4. Who comes in after Dikaiopolis finishes his defense?

5. Dercetes comes to Dikaiopolis's home, begging for what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the Chorus of Archanians when Diakaiopolis finishes his defense?

2. Describe "The Great King's Eye."

3. What kind of student is Strepsiades?

4. Dikaiopolis refuses business only to one slave. Why is that?

5. What is Pheidippides immediate opinion of Socrates's school?

6. The playwright highlights Dikaiopolis's character arc by juxtaposing Lamachus getting ready for battle with Dikaiopolis getting ready to go feast. How has the character of Dikaiopolis changed?

7. Describe in detail what has caused Strepsiades to accumulate so much debt.

8. What do all the bugs in The Thinkery suggest?

9. In The Acharnians, what do you think the playwright is saying about the way of war and the way of peace as his overall message?

10. Describe Dikaiopolis in the beginning of The Acharnians.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the world Aristophanes weaves for us in The Acharnians, politics and satire are so wrapped up in each other they are almost impossible to separate. Why do these two concepts go so well together? What makes this work, and if you separated them, what would happen to the play? What about how politics are practiced in Lysistrata?

Essay Topic 2

How is the majority of conflict resolved in Ancient Greece? In Aristophanes's work, name a conflict, no matter how large or small, in each of the three plays and talk about how it develops and how it is resolved.

Essay Topic 3

Some of the situations and ideas expressed by Aristophanes throughout his work may come across today as offensive. Keeping in mind the range of things people find comedic today, talk about what those situations were and why they were historically considered fodder for comedy. In short, what did Ancient Greece find funny, and how have we changed?

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