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. In the end of The Acharnians, Dikaiopolis claims he is keen to do what?

2. What happens after Dikaiopolis finishes his defense?

3. What barnyard animal do the Megarian's daughters pose as?

4. Where does Dikaiopolis's wife watch the sacrifice from?

5. After Dikaiopolis removes the informer and goes into his house, a Thebian stops outside with his entourage. What do they do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the Megarans. How are they depicted?

3. How do the visiting Ambassadors appear to Dikaiopolis?

4. Why is Strepsiades so fretful he can't even sleep in the beginning of The Clouds?

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

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Talk about the problems involved with the female empowerment in Lysistrata.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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