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. The Bride's Slave makes a final plea for some peace from Dikaiopolis. What is her reason?

2. The peace Dikaiopolis chooses has the scent of what?

3. What item do the Leader and Dikaiopolis pretend Nicharus is, as they pack him up?

4. What does Diakiopolis do with the peace after he takes it home?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What kind of student is Strepsiades?

6. What is gained by Reconciliation's use in the close of the play, Lysistrata?

7. Outline Right's argument in the formal debate.

8. What do all the bugs in The Thinkery suggest?

9. Describe the oath the four women take in Lysistrata.

10. Dikaiopolis refuses business only to one slave. Why is that?

Essay 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

War and peace are topics discussed at length in Aristophanes plays. Discuss how their concepts change in the series of plays and what Aristophanes overall message is to Athens.

Essay Topic 3

These three plays speak to a broad spectrum of culture, life, ritual, and relationships in Ancient Greece. Pick three concepts that still exist today, and relate them to present time. Use materials from the book and trace how your three concepts have traveled through time and how they exist now. Some ideas include education, politics, and religion.

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