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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following does Antony NOT command his men to do after his defeat at Actium?
(a) Take his gold.
(b) Kill him.
(c) Make peace with Caesar.
(d) Fly.

2. To where does Antony send Ventidius in Act 2, Scene 3?
(a) Parthia.
(b) Sicily.
(c) Gaul.
(d) Egypt.

3. What does Enobarbus say is the cause of the "odd tricks" shot out of Antony's mind?
(a) Anger.
(b) Pride.
(c) Joy.
(d) Sorrow.

4. Towards where do the ships of the defeated flee?
(a) Peloponnesus.
(b) Sicily.
(c) Rome.
(d) Alexandria.

5. With what weapon does Cleopatra threaten the messenger from Italy?
(a) A spear.
(b) A whip.
(c) A knife.
(d) A sword.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what isle was Sextus Pompeius "spoil'd" by the account of Caesar?

2. How does Caesar respond to Antony's challenge?

3. To what does Antony challenge Caesar in his letter, read at the beginning of Act 4?

4. When asked by Cleopatra "what shall we do?" in Act 3, Scene 13, what does Enobarbus reply?

5. Who is with Caesar in his home in Act 1, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Enobarbus tell Menas that that which has caused amity between Caesar and Antony will likewise "prove the immediate author of their variance"?

2. How do his companions react to Antony's speeches in Act 4, Scene 2?

3. What characterizes Antony's speech after Actium, before Cleopatra arrives, at the palace in Alexandria?

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

5. What characterizes the responses by Antony's subordinates to his announcement that he will fight Caesar by sea at Actium?

6. For what reason does the Soothsayer tell Antony he must go back to Egypt?

7. What does Caesar imply by his directions regarding giving the soldiers a feast the night before the battle at Alexandria?

8. For what reason does Ventidius claim he leaves some soldiering undone?

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

10. What causes Antony to flee the battle of Actium?

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