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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. Antony says he will make who (or what) love him the next time he fights in Act 3, Scene 13?

2. What is the name of the man who accompanies Caesar in Act 3, Scene 8?

3. To where does Antony decide he must go in the beginning of the play?

4. Pompey tells Menas in Act 2, Scene 7, that his honor leads his what?

5. What does Cleopatra imagine Antony calls her at the end of the first act?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?

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

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

4. What is indicated by Cleopatra's refusal to come down to Antony in Act 4, Scene 15?

5. How does Caesar instruct Thyreus to win Cleopatra from Antony?

6. How does the course of the battle change in Act 4, Scene 10?

7. What effect on Antony's disposition does the desertion by Enobarbus have?

8. How does Antony behave towards his servants before the battle at Alexandria?

9. Why does Enobarbus say he will seek out a ditch in which he may die?

10. Why is it suggested by Agrippa that Mark Antony be married to Octavia?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Though not an antagonist in the traditional sense of the word, Cleopatra acts as a catalyst for the internal conflict that contributes to Mark Antony's disintegration. This makes Cleopatra a somewhat unique character in literature. Compose an analytical essay that examines the peculiarities of her character, including how they affect Antony, but focusing principally on Cleopatra. What characterizes her personality? What traits does she habitually evince in the play? What are her motivations throughout the play? Does her behavior, by the final act, change from how she comports herself in the play's first act?

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

The tragic conclusion of Antony and Cleopatra is somewhat mitigated by the portrayal and evident Roman perception of the nobility of suicide. By carefully developing a well-structured essay, analyze the reasons behind the Roman view of suicide and explicate how this effects the conclusion of the play. What is significant about the various characters ending their own lives? How does such action alter the ending of the play? What is the fundamental correlation between death and nobility? Upon what principles is the Roman conception of suicide in the face of being conquered as noble founded? Be sure to explicate through examples from the text.

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