Aristophanes and Cleon

1. Which of Aristophanes' plays was the most direct attack on Cleon?

  • The Knights
  • The Acharnians
  • The Frogs
  • Peace
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2. Why are Aristophanes' attacks on Cleon entertaining in his plays?

  • The audience knew Aristophanes would soon be arrested
  • The audience knew Cleon was dying
  • The audience knew Cleon was sitting in the front seat of the theatre
  • The audience could see Cleon's family in the theatre

3. Who was Cleon?

  • Aristophanes estranged brother
  • A pro-war army general
  • A prominent politician
  • Athens' most skilled naval commander

4. Which of Aristophanes' plays did Cleon attempt to prosecute him over?

  • The Babylonians
  • The Knights
  • Telephus
  • The Acharnians

5. Why was Cleon unsuccessful in prosecuting Aristophanes?

  • Aristophanes had the most expensive lawyer in Athens at the time
  • Playwrights could not be prosecuted for what anything said in a play
  • Playwrights were paid to attack and undermine politicians like Cleon
  • The Assembly did not like Cleon for blackmailing the Athenian citizens

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