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. What does the second ambassador bring as a gift during the assembly?

2. Who does Dikaiopolis enlist to help him before the trial?

3. In the beginning of The Acharnians, who arrives late to the assembly and speaks to the crowd first?

4. At the end of The Acharnians, The Chorus of Acharnians decides to follow who offstage, thereby symbolically giving support to which way of life?

5. When Strepsiades returns home from the school, Strepsiades tells Pheidippdes someone doesn't exist. Who is that?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Diakaiopolis's argument to the Chorus of Acharnians in his defense?

2. How do the visiting Ambassadors appear to Dikaiopolis?

3. How does the Chorus of Acharnians feel about Dikaiopolis after the Megaran leaves?

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

5. Describe how Strepsiades finally gets Pheidippides to attend The Thinkery.

6. How are the women reacting to the sex strike? What does this say about the women?

7. Now that all the men have gathered, what is their condition before meeting Lysistrata?

8. Describe Lysistrata.

9. How does the attitude of the Chorus of Old Women change toward the Chorus of Old Men after the Spartan Herald leaves?

10. The Chorus of Old Men also push logs up to the Acropolis. How do they handle the task and what does that symbolize?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several characters in Aristophanes's lexicon let their self-interest get in the way of everyday life. Name three characters that do this, not all from the same play, and discuss how they are alike and different.

Essay Topic 2

Wine is used throughout The Acharnians and Lysistrata as a symbol. Describe what it means and what it symbolizes. How does that symbol develop throughout its use in the plays? What does using wine mean for the festival of plays in Athens?

Essay Topic 3

Aristophanes, as well as many other playwrights, has included historical figures in his work. As we know, Euripidies was an actual tragic playwright, and he is a character in the play. However, Cleon is another example of a real historical figure, though he is never represented onstage. Do you think fictional works affect how historical figures are presented, and if so, does it have a positive or negative effect on the person? Compare and contrast how you see Euripidies's, Cleon's, and Socrates's personalities today, and give evidence to support your conclusions.

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