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 does Socrates try to teach Strepsiades?

2. Why does Nicarchus denounce the Thebian?

3. How many samples of peace does Dikaioplois have to choose from?

4. As Lamachus gets ready for battle, Dikaiopolis does something else. What is it?

5. When Strepsiades arrives at the school with Pheidippides, what does Strepsiades do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. What does the sacrifice Dikaiopolis makes with the peace look like?

5. Describe the outfit Dikaiopolis assembles for his defense.

6. Describe the Megarans. How are they depicted?

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

8. How does the Chorus of Acharnians feel about Dikaiopolis after the Megaran leaves?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Pick a Chorus that fascinates you and talk about their arc throughout the play they are featured in.

Essay Topic 2

In the world Aristophanes weaves for us in The Acharnians, politics and satire are so wrapped up in each other they are almost impossible to separate. Why do these two concepts go so well together? What makes this work, and if you separated them, what would happen to the play? What about how politics are practiced in Lysistrata?

Essay Topic 3

Several characters in Aristophanes's lexicon let their self-interest get in the way of everyday life. Name three characters that do this, not all from the same play, and discuss how they are alike and different.

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