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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 Cleopatra imagine Antony calls her at the end of the first act?

2. What does Antony say he will possibly bathe in the "blood / Shall make it live again" in the second scene of the fourth act?

3. What of Cleopatra's does Antony say repays him for the loss at Actium?

4. With what does Caesar reward his army in the beginning of Act 4?

5. At whose house does Act 2, Scene 2 unfold?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does the sight of Thyreus kissing Cleopatra's hand provoke in Mark Antony?

8. What characterizes the reports that the messenger gives to Cleopatra of Octavia?

9. What causes Antony to flee the battle of Actium?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout Antony and Cleopatra's stormy relationship in the play, it is shown that their love is always a hair's-breadth away from becoming hate, and vice-versa. In a well-developed analytical essay, examine the nature of Antony and Cleopatra's relationship insofar as it alternates from one extreme to another. What propels the characters to launch from one condition to another? How is hate assuaged and love incited? In what way are the two conditions similarly portrayed?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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