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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 brings a message from Antony to Cleopatra at the end of the first act?

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

3. Who does Antony say is approaching the ports of Rome in the play's first act?

4. Upon whose trencher does Antony say he found Cleopatra as a "cold morsel"?

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

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 causes Antony to experience a dramatic change at the play's beginning?

3. In what way does Antony compose himself in Act 4, Scene 2?

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

5. What is the meaning and significance of "a Lethe'd dulness" as Pompey uses the phrase in line 27 of Act 2, Scene 1?

6. Under what condition would Caesar grant lands in Sicily to Mark Antony?

7. How do his companions react to Antony's speeches in Act 4, Scene 2?

8. What is the significance of the discussion between Enobarbus and Agrippa in the first part of Act 3, Scene 2?

9. For what reason does Mecaenas imply that striking Antony while the beleaguered triumvir is in his rage is strategically sound

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

As a constant companion of Mark Antony, Enobarbus often serves as a foil against which Antony's greatness and tragic decline are set. Thus, compose an insightful analytical essay that examines the character of Enobarbus as he helps to expose Antony's character. What sort of man is Enobarbus? What characterizes his actions? How does such a character help to demonstrate Antony's character? What does Enobarbus's tragic end help the audience to see regarding Antony? What is the significance of Enobarbus's soliloquy in Act 4, Scene 9?

Essay Topic 3

Of all Cleopatra's many unique character traits, none is perhaps as efficacious on the action and plot of the story as her vanity. In a well-written essay, analyze the cataclysm that is caused by her vain pursuits. In what instances does she show her vanity? How does it affect characters and their actions? What sparks her vain tendencies? What is the evident moral consequence of indulging one's own vanity, as demonstrated by Cleopatra?

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