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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 river does Dionysus go across?
2. What is Eulipides and Pisthetaerus' first reaction when they meet who they came to find in the woods?
3. Who is Pisthetaerus going to take control of at the end of The Birds?
4. How is a man supposed to earn the right to sleep with a pretty girl according to Praxagora?
5. What is Praxagora's plan at the beginning of The Assemblywomen?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Praxagora's husband reacting to the new rules instating by Praxagora?
2. What plan does Lysistrata hope to put in place with the support of the other women?
3. What is Euripides concerned about at the start of Thesmophoriazusae?
4. Why do the women want to take power in The Assemblywomen and how do they plan on overthrowing the men?
5. How do Pisthetaerus and the birds subdue the gods?
6. What crime does Mnesilochus admit committing as a woman?
7. What happens to Mnesilochus after he admits to his crimes as a woman?
8. What society do women in The Assemblywomen plan on instating after voting to put themselves in charge of Athens?
9. In the play The Frogs, where are Dionysus and Xanthias going and how are they greeted when they arrived?
10. Who and what are the Eulipides and Pisthetaerus looking for in The Birds?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Analyze the role of Socrates in The Clouds and discuss why his character in this play proved controversial. Would you consider his depiction of Socrates comedic? Distorted? Make sure you identify Socrates' role as a well-known and intellectual figure in Athens. Give examples of how Aristophanes used comedy or distorted the truth in his depiction of Socrates in Clouds.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the role of Strepsiades' character in the play Clouds. What is his role in the play? Is he the protagonist or the antagonist? Use the book and examples of Strepsiades' character and actions to support your statements.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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