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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, according to Enobarbus, ails Lepidus after the meeting with Pompey?

2. Where does Antony, through Euphornius, request to live if Egypt is denied to him by Caesar?

3. To whom does Caesar compare Octavia's return to Rome?

4. What of Cleopatra's does Antony say repays him for the loss at Actium?

5. Whose ship hoists its sail and flies, "like a cow in June"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What characterizes the reports that the messenger gives to Cleopatra of Octavia?

2. What is the meaning and significance of "a Lethe'd dulness" as Pompey uses the phrase in line 27 of Act 2, Scene 1?

3. What is the significance of the discussion between Enobarbus and Agrippa in the first part of Act 3, Scene 2?

4. How does Menas propose to make Pompey the ruler of the world?

5. For what reasons are tensions brewing between Antony and Caesar in Act 3, Scene 4?

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

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

8. For what reason does Cleopatra fly into a rage in the fifth scene of the second act?

9. How does Cleopatra expose her true self in Act 3, Scene 13?

10. For what reason does Cleopatra send Alexas to Italy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compose a carefully crafted and well-planned analytical essay on the character of Mark Antony. As the story's protagonist, he is regarded as an extraordinary man whose life ends in exceptional calamity and disintegration. What are his principal character traits? In what ways does Antony stand out from the rest of the characters in the story? How do these contribute to his being an extraordinary man? What affects his downfall? What characterizes the disintegration of Antony's life? How does Antony's life drive the lives of others and the plot of the story? What way of life does Antony represent?

Essay Topic 2

In Act 3, Scenes 10 through 13, Antony is unveiled as being shamed and enraged to the point of violence by that shame. Having fled battle, shown himself to appear a coward, and having his woman enticed by a servant of his enemy, Antony is overcome with emotional discord. By formulating an insightful essay, examine the inherent relationship between shame, anger, and violence, as it is portrayed in Antony and Cleopatra. In what scenes does the relationship become evident? How does it become evident? What motivates Antony, or any other characters for whom you can find examples, to feelings of shame? How is this shame related to anger and/or violence?

Essay Topic 3

One of the most complicated characters in the play, despite the brevity of his appearance, is the Clown who delivers the deadly asps to Cleopatra in the final scene. Though his phrasing is somewhat veiled and ambiguous, a multitude of arguments can be made for any number of interpretations of his character's significance. In a very carefully constructed essay, analyze the Clown's words to Cleopatra and make an argument for some definite interpretation of his meaning. What are the referents for the people and conditions to which the Clown alludes? What is the significance of his commentaries insofar as they relate to the actions and characters of the play? Why have a clown deliver such a message?

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