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. What happens after Dikaiopolis finishes his defense?

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

3. Does Dikaiopolis sell to the slave?

4. When the crier re-enters in Part 4 of The Acharnians to announce the trumpet signal to drink wine, what is Dikaiopolis doing?

5. Where does the council invite the Great King's Eye to dinner?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Dikaiopolis react when Dercetes asks him to share some of the peace?

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

4. In The Acharnians, what do you think the playwright is saying about the way of war and the way of peace as his overall message?

5. Present the argument that finally wins a few drops of peace from Dikaiopolis.

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

7. How does Dikaiopolis set up his shop?

8. Describe Dikaiopolis in the beginning of The Acharnians.

9. How is Euripidies depicted in The Acharnians?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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