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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What effect does Antony's odd trick in speaking to his servants produce on the servants?
2. What does Antony say was tied to Cleopatra's rudder "by the strings"?
3. Which of the following accompanies Pompey at his house?
4. With whom does Caesar exchange speech in Act 4, Scene 1?
5. Who accompanies Pompey to the meeting with the triumvirs?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the sight of Thyreus kissing Cleopatra's hand provoke in Mark Antony?
2. What characterizes the responses by Antony's subordinates to his announcement that he will fight Caesar by sea at Actium?
3. What does Caesar imply by his directions regarding giving the soldiers a feast the night before the battle at Alexandria?
4. What is the significance of the discussion between Enobarbus and Agrippa in the first part of Act 3, Scene 2?
5. Why is it suggested by Agrippa that Mark Antony be married to Octavia?
6. For what reason does Antony spurn the news that has come from Rome at the play's beginning?
7. How does Cleopatra act in Antony's absence?
8. In what way does Antony compose himself in Act 4, Scene 2?
9. How does Cleopatra expose her true self in Act 3, Scene 13?
10. What causes Antony to experience a dramatic change at the play's beginning?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
A dominant means of exposition and plot movement in the play is through the unseen but contextually described battles. Being careful to read out from the play and not into the play, explicate the significance of the battles at Actium and Alexandria, analyzing in what ways the various victories and defeats occur and what the significance of each is. Who wins the battle? How does he win the battle? What are the consequences of the battle being won? What is revealed about the various involved characters through their reactions to the conclusions of the various battles?
Essay Topic 2
In the third act of the play, the fortunes of the two sides of the external conflict are reversed by the machinations of free will. Examine in a thoroughly-developed analytical essay this reversal of fortune. How had the fortunes of Antony and his companions been positively progressing throughout the first few acts of the play? In what way do they regress in the second half? How is this affected in the third act of the play? What particular actions, and of whom, are responsible for the inception of the downfall of the triumvir Antony and in what do they consist?
Essay Topic 3
Of all Cleopatra's many unique character traits, none is perhaps as efficacious on the action and plot of the story as her vanity. In a well-written essay, analyze the cataclysm that is caused by her vain pursuits. In what instances does she show her vanity? How does it affect characters and their actions? What sparks her vain tendencies? What is the evident moral consequence of indulging one's own vanity, as demonstrated by Cleopatra?
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