The Complete Plays 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 is Pisthetaerus going to take control of at the end of The Birds?

2. Who is Dionysus at the beginning of The Frogs?

3. In Thesmophoriazusae, what questions did the interrogator ask Mnesilochus to try to determine if he is a woman?

4. Who ferries Dionysus across the river in Hades?

5. What are the fastest ways to go to Hades according to the text?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who arrived in Athens at the end of Lysistrata and why?

2. Why do the women want to take power in The Assemblywomen and how do they plan on overthrowing the men?

3. How are the women's meeting organized in Thesmophoriazusae?

4. What does Lysistrata find some of the women trying to do?

5. What society do women in The Assemblywomen plan on instating after voting to put themselves in charge of Athens?

6. What is the old women's role in Lysistrata's plan?

7. What plan does Lysistrata hope to put in place with the support of the other women?

8. Who and what are the Eulipides and Pisthetaerus looking for in The Birds?

9. Why are Dionysus and Xanthias visiting Dionysus's half-brother in The Frogs?

10. Why is Lysistrata convening the meeting and what is discussed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare Assemblywomen with one of the other plays featuring women, such as Lysistrata. Discuss the similarities and differences in theme, tone and other elements of each of the plays.

Essay Topic 2

Aristophanes often examines gender roles in his writing. Assemblywomen discusses the differences, relationships, and tension created among men and women in ancient Greece. What does Aristophanes illustrate in the women's temporary adoption of the male gender? What statement is he trying to make? Use the play to support your conclusions.

Essay Topic 3

In Peace, analyze Aristophanes' depiction of the theme of peace versus war. How does Aristophanes feel about war? How does he feel about those who benefit from it, financially or otherwise?

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