Aristophanes and Lamachus

1. How is Lamachus portrayed in the Acharnians?

  • Quiet and sly
  • Pompous and Self-Important
  • Loud and Insensitive
  • Witty and intelligent
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2. Who was Lamachus at the time of the Acharnians' performance?

  • A recently elected military general
  • A hated politician related to Cleon
  • A widely feared Spartan tyrant
  • A opponent comic playwright

3. What does Lamachus' name mean?

  • Bald Man
  • Great Fighter
  • King of the waves
  • Cowardly Fighter

4. Why were military generals and officers elected?

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

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

  • Earning a profit from his role as military general
  • Stealing food from the Athenians by making peace with Sparta
  • Beginning the War by stealing a Megarian slave
  • Blackmailing the soldiers and citizens of Athens


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