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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. When does Caesar say he will attack after receiving Antony's challenge?

2. What is the name of Mark Antony's wife?

3. What does Antony hope to see the enemy numbers of by placing his squadrons on "yond side o' the hill"?

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

5. How does Cleopatra intend to act on the occasion that Antony is sad in Act 1, Scene 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What characterizes Antony's speech after Actium, before Cleopatra arrives, at the palace in Alexandria?

2. How does Cleopatra act in Antony's absence?

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

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

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

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

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

8. For what reason does Antony insist upon assailing Caesar by sea at Actium, despite the protestations of his loyal men?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A seldom explicitly mentioned theme throughout the play is the fidelity and infidelity of minor characters despite maltreatment and disregard for their more fundamental rights. Thoughtfully explicate this theme in a well-developed essay. How do the various minor characters demonstrate their fidelity and to whom? For what reasons do the characters evidently remain loyal? Contrariwise, which characters forsake their obligations to fidelity, and for what reasons are they motivated to do so? What do these various relationships of disparate levels of fidelity indicate about the fundamental human tendencies regarding loyalty?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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