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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 does Antony hope to see the enemy numbers of by placing his squadrons on "yond side o' the hill"?
2. What does Antony, in Act 4, Scene 2's terminal line, say he and his fellows ought to drown?
3. Whom does Alexas use as an example in saying that no one would dare not look on Cleopatra when she is ill-pleased?
4. Who emerges triumphant in Parthia?
5. Where is Pompey's house that serves as the setting for the beginning of Act 2?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Enobarbus tell Menas that that which has caused amity between Caesar and Antony will likewise "prove the immediate author of their variance"?
2. What is the significance of the discussion between Enobarbus and Agrippa in the first part of Act 3, Scene 2?
3. For what reason does Antony insist upon assailing Caesar by sea at Actium, despite the protestations of his loyal men?
4. What good does Caesar say that Octavia's letters had done, regarding Antony?
5. For what reason does the Soothsayer tell Antony he must go back to Egypt?
6. How does Menas propose to make Pompey the ruler of the world?
7. Why is it suggested by Agrippa that Mark Antony be married to Octavia?
8. What is the result of Antony's fleeing from Actium?
9. How does Cleopatra act in Antony's absence?
10. For what reason does Antony spurn the news that has come from Rome at the play's beginning?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In contrast to the more nuanced influences of the play, the direct cause of the play's tragic outcome is quite obviously the external conflict between Mark Antony and Octavius Caesar. However, the drastic importance of this conflict, its political and historical implications, have a drastic influence on the overall significance of the play. Why is the conflict important to the whole world? How is this indicated in the play? What is at stake in the conflict between the two triumvirs? What is the relationship between the greater significance of this conflict and the significance of the play as a tragedy?
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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