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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. Whom does Cleopatra send to report on the features of Octavia?
2. Whose body is borne before the triumphant victor in Parthia?
3. In Act 3, Scene 5, who delivers news to Enobarbus?
4. To what does Antony challenge Caesar in his letter, read at the beginning of Act 4?
5. In what field of battle does Antony proclaim he will engage Caesar in Act 3, Scene 7?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?
2. How does Cleopatra comport herself towards Antony in Act 4, Scene 4?
3. In what way does Antony compose himself in Act 4, Scene 2?
4. Why does Enobarbus tell Menas that that which has caused amity between Caesar and Antony will likewise "prove the immediate author of their variance"?
5. What good does Caesar say that Octavia's letters had done, regarding Antony?
6. What is meant by Charmian's statement that "The soul and body rive not more in parting / Than greatness going off"?
7. What characterizes the responses by Antony's subordinates to his announcement that he will fight Caesar by sea at Actium?
8. What characterizes the reactions of those present in Act 4, Scene 1, to the news of Antony's death?
9. What is indicated by Cleopatra's refusal to come down to Antony in Act 4, Scene 15?
10. What happens to Enobarbus after his speech in Act 4, Scene 9?
Essay Topic 1
The primary element to the vibrancy of any of Shakespeare's plays, particularly those that are historically based, is the richness of the characters' portrayal. As such, comprehending the roles of even the most minor characters can be crucial to appreciation of the play as a whole. In the case of Antony and Cleopatra, every character revolves around fidelity to some other, more powerful individual. Analyze in an insightful essay all of the characters who are fundamentally attached to Antony, excluding Enobarbus. What is common among the various characters attached to Antony? How does this reflect upon Antony himself? What sort of relationship is there between each character and Antony? Upon what is the relationship founded? Is there any sort of reciprocity present?
Essay Topic 2
Keeping in mind that a tragedy is a story of human action which, by the means of free will and fate, results in exceptional calamity and the death or disintegration of the life of an extraordinary man, analyze the relationship between the story of Antony and Cleopatra with the archetypal indications of tragedy in a well-thought-out essay. What indicates the story to be a tragedy? What is the significance of all the central elements of the story insofar as they relate to tragedy? In what does the play's tragedy specifically consist?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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