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. Does Dikaiopolis sell to the slave?

2. What happens to Lamachus after he leaves Dikaiopolis to go fight?

3. How does Socrates appear for the first time in The Clouds?

4. After Dikaiopolis removes the informer and goes into his house, a Thebian stops outside with his entourage. What do they do?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the outfit Dikaiopolis assembles for his defense.

2. Describe the entourage that enters with the Thebian, Dikaiopolis' second customer.

3. What kind of student is Strepsiades?

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

5. How is Euripidies depicted in The Acharnians?

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

7. How do the visiting Ambassadors appear to Dikaiopolis?

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

9. What kind of teacher is Socrates in The Clouds?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Pick a Chorus that fascinates you and talk about their arc throughout the play they are featured in.

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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