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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 happened to the Acharnians' farms before the play begins?

2. What are Demosthenes and Nicias doing the night of the play?

3. In the Knights, what do the slaves want to do that has been forbidden?

4. What technique does Strepsiades use to justify the beatings he gave to his father?

5. How is Cleon outbid for support at the Boule?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Philocleon do before the arrival of The Wasps?

2. What is Dicaeopolis waiting for at the beginning of Acharnians and why?

3. Why are Demosthenes and Nicias portrayed as slaves in The Knights?

4. In The Wasps, what does the dog's trial teach us about Philocleon's ballot habit?

5. How does Bdelycleon trick the wasps into a debate?

6. Why is Strepsiades expelled shortly after his enrollment at the school in The Clouds?

7. Why does the gang of Acharnians pursue Amphitheus?

8. Who are Demosthenes and Nicias in The Knights and in reality?

9. Why is Strepsiades beating his son, Pheidippides, in The Clouds?

10. Why did the gods leave heaven in the Peace?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Take one of the Aristophanes' other plays and discuss how Frogs deviates from the pattern created in his earlier works. Why does Aristophanes stray from his pattern? Students may use secondary sources and examples from the book to support the discussion.

Essay Topic 2

Plutus, the last known play of Aristophanes, begins to look towards the pattern of New Comedy rather than old comedy. Discuss how Plutus fits into the role of New Comedy based on themes, writing style and other literary elements.

Essay Topic 3

Aristophanes expresses his sentiments about the Pelopennesian Wars in Acharnians. Describe his feelings and explain what he hopes to achieve. Give examples from Acharnians to support your discussion.

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