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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 Caesar's companion say indicates Antony is ready to fall in the beginning of the fourth act?
3. What location is reported as being taken by Caesar in Act 3, Scene 7?
4. What, according to Enobarbus, ails Lepidus after the meeting with Pompey?
5. How does Antony have Thyreus's punished?
Short Essay Questions
1. What characterizes the reports that the messenger gives to Cleopatra of Octavia?
2. How does Caesar instruct Thyreus to win Cleopatra from Antony?
3. For what reason does Cleopatra send Alexas to Italy?
4. What characterizes the manner with which Cleopatra reacts to Antony's decisions?
5. How does Menas propose to make Pompey the ruler of the world?
6. What is the meaning and significance of "a Lethe'd dulness" as Pompey uses the phrase in line 27 of Act 2, Scene 1?
7. What causes Antony to experience a dramatic change at the play's beginning?
8. For what reason does Antony spurn the news that has come from Rome at the play's beginning?
9. What causes Antony to flee the battle of Actium?
10. What characterizes Antony's speech after Actium, before Cleopatra arrives, at the palace in Alexandria?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Though not an antagonist in the traditional sense of the word, Cleopatra acts as a catalyst for the internal conflict that contributes to Mark Antony's disintegration. This makes Cleopatra a somewhat unique character in literature. Compose an analytical essay that examines the peculiarities of her character, including how they affect Antony, but focusing principally on Cleopatra. What characterizes her personality? What traits does she habitually evince in the play? What are her motivations throughout the play? Does her behavior, by the final act, change from how she comports herself in the play's first act?
Essay Topic 2
Compose a carefully crafted and well-planned analytical essay on the character of Mark Antony. As the story's protagonist, he is regarded as an extraordinary man whose life ends in exceptional calamity and disintegration. What are his principal character traits? In what ways does Antony stand out from the rest of the characters in the story? How do these contribute to his being an extraordinary man? What affects his downfall? What characterizes the disintegration of Antony's life? How does Antony's life drive the lives of others and the plot of the story? What way of life does Antony represent?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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