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 much longer after the second ambassador does the assembly stay open?

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

3. In The Clouds, who is the protagonist's son?

4. What is Dikaiopolis doing when he sees Lamachus return from battle?

5. Who is the second ambassador in the assembly to speak?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is Pheidippides immediate opinion of Socrates's school?

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

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

7. Describe the outfit Dikaiopolis assembles for his defense.

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

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

10. How does Dikaiopolis set up his shop?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The gods and goddesses are peppered through Aristophanes's work. Collect and describe the gods place in Athenian everyday life. Talk about the relationship between the gods and the people.

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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