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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. Who emerges triumphant in Parthia?

2. Pompey relates to Mark Antony the coming of whom to Sicily?

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

4. Whom does Alexas use as an example in saying that no one would dare not look on Cleopatra when she is ill-pleased?

5. To whom does Enobarbus speak in the first part of Act 3, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What good does Caesar say that Octavia's letters had done, regarding Antony?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What is the result of Antony's fleeing from Actium?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the play, there is a regularly occurring but never explicitly mentioned theme of tyrannical rule. Tyranny, in the modern conception, is defined as the rule of any authoritative figure or body for the sake of his or their own good, without consideration of those who are ruled. In a thoughtful essay, analyze the presence of this theme in all of the powerful rulers throughout the play. How do they rule for their own good? In what way does this rule affect those who are ruled, be it positive or negative? In what scenes or actions do the various rulers evince tyrannical tendencies?

Essay Topic 2

In a variety of scenes and a variety of manners, the play constantly exposes the inherent dangers of political success and failure. Analyze this exposition as it occurs throughout the play in a well-organized essay. In what scenes is political danger a dominant theme? How are the dangers of politics portrayed? Which characters provide insight on the dangers of the political machinations of the play and how are they exposed? What is the significance of the inherent dangers of politics to the tragic nature of the play?

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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