Aristophanes and Lamachus

1. Which is the first accusation Aristophanes makes of Lamachus in the opening scene?

  • Stealing food from the Athenians by making peace with Sparta
  • Beginning the War by stealing a Megarian slave
  • Earning a profit from his role as military general
  • Blackmailing the soldiers and citizens of Athens
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2. How is Lamachus portrayed in the Acharnians?

  • Witty and intelligent
  • Pompous and Self-Important
  • Quiet and sly
  • Loud and Insensitive

3. Why was Aristophanes wrong in accusing Lamachus of avoiding places of battle?

  • He had lost an arm in battle just before the play was performed
  • The Assembly voted on where to send military generals
  • Clean himself chose where Lamachus was to go
  • Lamachus had killed the prince of Sparta just before the play was performed

4. Why were military generals and officers elected?

  • The job required skill
  • The members of the Assembly demanded it
  • The job required general popularity
  • The Assembly could not afford to fund the military

5. Why was Aristophanes wrong in accusing Lamachus of profiting from his job?

  • Men weren't paid at all if they were aged 40 or more
  • Military generals weren't paid
  • Lamachus' pay cheque was always public
  • It was well known that Lamachus was poor

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