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. According to Socrates, why does a gnat make a humming noise?

2. Lamachus is faced with a surprise skirmish and needs peace, but Dikaiopolis has other plans. What are they?

3. How does Dikaiopolis overpower Nicarchus?

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

5. What word best describes the way Socrates speaks to Strepsiades?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of student is Strepsiades?

2. Describe the army sent from Thrace brought by Theorus.

3. How does Dikaiopolis react when Dercetes asks him to share some of the peace?

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

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

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

7. What does the Chorus of Acharnians look like?

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

9. Why are the Chorus of Acharnians angry as they make their first appearance in The Acharnians?

10. The Leader of The Chorus of The Clouds directly addresses the audience just after Strepsiades enters The Thinkery. Summarize their direct appeal.

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

Now that we know a frame is a literary and dramatic device used to give the audience a way to look and understand the world of the play, such as Dikaiopolis suggesting in his beginning monologue all of his best memories are from theatre experiences, identify at least three other frames in the plays by Aristophanes. Know that frames can be physical as well as cultural or historical. Compare and contrast the frames used by Aristophanes and how the play would be different without them.

Essay Topic 3

Talk about the two major kinds of male-to-male relationships that were common in Ancient Greece.

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