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 is not a part of the costume Dikaiopolis assembles?

2. In Part 3 of The Acharnians, an informer denounces the Megarian girls as what?

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

4. The Acharnians opens with a soliloquy by which character?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does the sacrifice Dikaiopolis makes with the peace look like?

8. What kind of student is Strepsiades?

9. How is Euripidies depicted in The Acharnians?

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

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

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 3

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.

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