Antony and Cleopatra Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. For what reason does Antony spurn the news that has come from Rome at the play's beginning?

Antony spurns the news that has come from Rome because it would only distract him from his affair with Cleopatra.

2. What causes Antony to experience a dramatic change at the play's beginning?

Antony experiences a dramatic change in Act 1, Scene 2 because he receives news from Rome that his wife, in a plot to overthrow Caesar, has been killed.

3. What characterizes the manner with which Cleopatra reacts to Antony's decisions?

What characterizes the manner with which Cleopatra reacts to Antony's decisions is a clear desire to manipulate the Roman Triumvir for the gratification of her own purposes.

4. Why does Octavius Caesar lament the absence of Mark Antony?

Octavius Caesar laments the absence of Mark Antony because the latter has unparalleled talent as a soldier and would be of great use in the imminent war with Pompey.

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