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. Lysistrata sees a man in the distance by the shrine of Chloe. What is vexing him?

2. How does one woman pretend to be pregnant in order to go home in Part 4 of Lysistrata?

3. What object does Lysistrata use as a metaphor to show how they will solve Greece's problems?

4. What does Pheidippdes want to do with his father before Strepsiades brings out the rooster and hen?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How has The Chorus of The Clouds changed throughout the play?

3. How does Lysistrata rally the women?

4. How does The Clouds end?

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

6. Describe the first confrontation between the Choruses of Men and Women in Lysistrata.

7. In the past, how did the women of Lysistrata feel about the political blunders of their husbands? How did they deal with it?

8. Describe Cinesias.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Talk about the use of the fourth wall in Aristophanes's work. What is it and why is it important? Give specific examples from the three plays.

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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