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 does The Chorus of Clouds tell Strepsiades to send to the school in his stead?

2. What is Socrates major complaint with Strepsiades when he is finally turned away from the school?

3. Who can Socrates just not teach in The Clouds?

4. Dikaiopolis tells his daughter to have what kind of look on her face when she is carrying the basket?

5. The Third Messenger announces what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What can the Thebian use the Informer for?

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

4. 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?

5. What is Dikaiopolis'S strategy in choosing the Peace?

6. Dikaiopolis and Lamachus meet again just after Dikaiopolis shared a few drops of peace with the bride. What is notable about how their situations have changed since the beginning of the play?

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

8. Describe what and how the students study at Socrates's school.

9. What does the Chorus of Acharnians look like?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Talk about the use of the fourth wall in Aristophanes's work. What is it and why is it important? Give specific examples from the three plays.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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