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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 does Dicaeopolis wait for at the beginning of Acharnians?

2. Who does the oracle predict will replace Cleon?

3. Who greets Trygaeus upon his arrival at the gates of heaven?

4. What are the judges entitled to according to Bdelycleon?

5. How is the chorus of old men dressed when they arrive at Bdelycleon's home?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the gang of Acharnians pursue Amphitheus?

3. Why does Dicaeopolis risk his life for his anti-war cause?

4. In Peace, why do you think the god of war needs a new pestle?

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

6. How does Cleon react to losing the support of the crowd in The Knights?

7. What does Demos and the sausage merchant think of the future at the end of The Knights?

8. What reversal of fortune does Philocleon experience at the end of The Wasps?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Although the Birds intertwine comedy and fantasy, the play makes philosophical statements about the human condition, including acceptance of one's reality. Taking this statement, explain how Aristophanes examines this condition and what he concludes.

Essay Topic 3

Given the historical or factual nature of many of Aristophanes' plays, who does Aristophanes blame for the ongoing war in the play Peace? What effects did the war have on Athens? Why did the war continue for as long as it did? Use a secondary source and the text to support your discussion.

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