Aristophanes and Cleon

1. Why did Cleon attempt to prosecute Aristophanes over one of his plays?

  • The play was a personal attack on Cleon's wife
  • The play revealed many of Assembly's secrets to foreign ambassadors
  • The play had disgraced Athens in front of foreign ambassadors
  • The play was a direct and personal attack on Cleon
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2. What was Aristophanes' main reason for attacking Cleon?

  • He was being paid by Pericles to publicly humiliate Cleon to steer voters away from him
  • He wanted to avenge Cleon for attempting to prosecute him and blackmail the Athenians
  • He believed Cleon was attempting to make peace with Sparta
  • He believed that Cleon had slept with his wife

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

  • The Knights
  • Telephus
  • The Babylonians
  • The Acharnians

4. 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

5. Who was Cleon?

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


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