The Acharnians [and] the Clouds [and] Lysistrata Test | Final 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 have the women done for the war effort, up to the play?

2. As they fighting goes on between the Choruses, who "accepts defeat for the time being"?

3. What does The Chorus of The Clouds predict about Strepsiades after this encounter with the Second Creditor?

4. The women assembled are all ready to do anything to end the war except what?

5. In Lysistrata, after the women swear the oath and go to the Acropolis, who enters the stage?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Strepsiades finally gets Pheidippides to attend The Thinkery.

2. Before they begin the formal debate, what are some of the things Right and Wrong bicker about?

3. The Chorus of Old Men also push logs up to the Acropolis. How do they handle the task and what does that symbolize?

4. Describe Cinesias.

5. What do The Chorus of Old Men's pots symbolize?

6. After his education, what does Pheidippides consider acceptable in regard to his relationships with his parents?

7. What does dressing the Magistrate as a woman symbolize?

8. What do the pitchers carried by The Chorus of Old Women represent?

9. How are the women reacting to the sex strike? What does this say about the women?

10. How will The Chorus of The Clouds react if mistreated?

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

Outline the current state of affairs or status quo in The Acharnians or Lysistrata. Include three major areas of topic, such as politics, religion, or trade.

Essay Topic 3

The Megarian is a classic rural stereotype Aristophanes uses to poke fun at another city and way of life. However, this is hardly the only stereotype used in the play. Identify another stereotype used by Aristophanes, keeping in mind stereotypes are not always about race. What has Aristophanes gained or lost by this depiction?

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