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. How does Dikaiopolis like the first peace?

2. How does Dikaiopolis designate the free trade area?

3. Socrates and Strepsiades brainstorm ways that Strepsiades can what?

4. What is Lamachus doing when he sees Dikaiopolis at the end of The Acharnians?

5. Aristophanes describes all the students in The Clouds as what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to the Chorus of Archanians when Diakaiopolis finishes his defense?

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

4. What does the Chorus of Acharnians look like?

5. Describe the outfit Dikaiopolis assembles for his defense.

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

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

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

9. What can the Thebian use the Informer for?

10. The playwright highlights Dikaiopolis's character arc by juxtaposing Lamachus getting ready for battle with Dikaiopolis getting ready to go feast. How has the character of Dikaiopolis changed?

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 problems involved with the female empowerment in Lysistrata.

Essay Topic 3

How is the majority of conflict resolved in Ancient Greece? In Aristophanes's work, name a conflict, no matter how large or small, in each of the three plays and talk about how it develops and how it is resolved.

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