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. Who provides the rules for Right and Wrong's argument?

2. In The Clouds, what does the Second Creditor look like?

3. What does Right talk about in his big speech, debating with Wrong?

4. How do Stratyllis and the Men's Leader and their followers get ready to fight?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the oath the four women take in Lysistrata.

6. Compare and contrast Calonice and Myrrhine.

7. Outline Right's argument in the formal debate.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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