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 Ambassador from Persia bring back to the Assembly?

2. How does Dikaiopolis overpower Nicarchus?

3. How does Dikaiopolis like the first peace?

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

5. Socrates checks on a not-sleeping Strepsiades by doing what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does the Chorus of Acharnians look like?

4. Describe the outfit Dikaiopolis assembles for his defense.

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

6. What is the Chorus of Acharnians's attitude toward Dikaiopolis and Lamachus at the end of the play?

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

8. Outline Wrong's argument in the formal debate.

9. Describe the Megarans. How are they depicted?

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

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

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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