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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. 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?

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

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 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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