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. When the Choruses of Old Men and Old Women confront each other after the temporary defeat, the Old Men tell a tale of a man named what?

2. What has changed about Pheidippides's appearance since he entered The Thinkery?

3. Why is Lysistrata angry in the beginning of the play?

4. Who is the leader of The Chorus of Old Women in Lysistrata?

5. Who is the first woman to join Lysistrata?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare and contrast Calonice and Myrrhine.

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

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

4. Describe the second meeting of the Choruses in Lysistrata.

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

6. How do the Choruses react to the scene between Cinesias and Myrrhine?

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

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

9. Who is Lampito? Describe how she is treated by the Athenian women.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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