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. Which peace does Dikaiopolis choose?

2. According to Socrates, why does a gnat make a humming noise?

3. Who or what are the Chorus of Acharnians looking for when they make their first appearance?

4. Who poses as the eunuchs?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Outline Wrong's argument in the formal debate.

3. What can the Thebian use the Informer for?

4. How does the attitude of the Chorus of Old Women change toward the Chorus of Old Men after the Spartan Herald leaves?

5. After all is said and done, how will the Athenians and Spartans negotiate? What does this suggest about the permanency of peace?

6. What do all the bugs in The Thinkery suggest?

7. Describe the Magistrate in Part 3 of Lysistrata.

8. Describe Dikaiopolis in the beginning of The Acharnians.

9. How does Dikaiopolis set up his shop?

10. How do the visiting Ambassadors appear to Dikaiopolis?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

War and peace are topics discussed at length in Aristophanes plays. Discuss how their concepts change in the series of plays and what Aristophanes overall message is to Athens.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Pick two characters from different plays and compare and contrast them. Draw a conclusion about Aristophanes's messages to Athenians.

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