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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. In The Clouds, what does the First Creditor look like?
2. What is the plan to get out the women occupying the Acropolis, according to the Men's Leader?
3. What will The Chorus of Clouds do for the theatre judges for a favorable outcome?
4. What day does Strepsiades tell Pheidippides he owes the creditors money?
5. The Women tell a story of Timon to the Men. According to the women, Timon hated men. What didn't Timon hate?
Short Essay Questions
1. How has The Chorus of The Clouds changed throughout the play?
2. Describe the second meeting of the Choruses in Lysistrata.
3. After his education, what does Pheidippides consider acceptable in regard to his relationships with his parents?
4. Describe the oath the four women take in Lysistrata.
5. Before they begin the formal debate, what are some of the things Right and Wrong bicker about?
6. Outline Wrong's argument in the formal debate.
7. What do The Chorus of Old Men's pots symbolize?
8. The Chorus of Old Men also push logs up to the Acropolis. How do they handle the task and what does that symbolize?
9. Who is Lampito? Describe how she is treated by the Athenian women.
10. How are the women reacting to the sex strike? What does this say about the women?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The sacrifice of peace to Dionysus was a ritual performed in The Acharnians. though there are several more that occur in the three plays. Pick one other ritual and describe it in detail. Relate it to the sacrifice to Dionysis. How is it similar? Different? What makes it a ritual?
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
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.
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