Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who is the first person to drink a whole pitcher on Pitcher Day?
2. Who poses as the eunuchs?
3. What does Dikaiopolis do after he makes peace?
4. Who does Strepsiades complain to while he is supposed to be sleeping?
5. What does the Bridegroom's Slave offer Dikaiopolis for just one ladle of peace?
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. How are the women reacting to the sex strike? What does this say about the women?
3. How does The Clouds end?
4. Who is Lampito? Describe how she is treated by the Athenian women.
5. Describe how Strepsiades finally gets Pheidippides to attend The Thinkery.
6. After his education, what does Pheidippides consider acceptable in regard to his relationships with his parents?
7. Outline Right's argument in the formal debate.
8. Dikaiopolis and Lamachus meet again just after Dikaiopolis shared a few drops of peace with the bride. What is notable about how their situations have changed since the beginning of the play?
9. Now that all the men have gathered, what is their condition before meeting Lysistrata?
10. What is Dikaiopolis'S strategy in choosing the Peace?
The Megarian is a classic rural stereotype Aristophanes uses to poke fun at another city and way of life. However, this is hardly the only stereotype used in the play. Identify another stereotype used by Aristophanes, keeping in mind stereotypes are not always about race. What has Aristophanes gained or lost by this depiction?
Some of the situations and ideas expressed by Aristophanes throughout his work may come across today as offensive. Keeping in mind the range of things people find comedic today, talk about what those situations were and why they were historically considered fodder for comedy. In short, what did Ancient Greece find funny, and how have we changed?
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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