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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. Antony says he will make who (or what) love him the next time he fights in Act 3, Scene 13?

2. What is the name of the man who accompanies Caesar in Act 3, Scene 8?

3. To where does Antony decide he must go in the beginning of the play?

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

5. What does Cleopatra imagine Antony calls her at the end of the first act?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?

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

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

4. What is indicated by Cleopatra's refusal to come down to Antony in Act 4, Scene 15?

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

6. How does the course of the battle change in Act 4, Scene 10?

7. What effect on Antony's disposition does the desertion by Enobarbus have?

8. How does Antony behave towards his servants before the battle at Alexandria?

9. Why does Enobarbus say he will seek out a ditch in which he may die?

10. Why is it suggested by Agrippa that Mark Antony be married to Octavia?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Although the external conflict with Caesar is what ostensibly brings Mark Antony to his fate, it is only as a result of Antony's failure to overcome the internal conflict between his desire for Cleopatra and his right reason that the conflict comes about. In a thoughtful essay, analyze the causes, events, and consequences of this internal conflict as it develops throughout the story. In what does the conflict consist? What actions are characteristic of the conflict? How does the conflict move the story's events? What commentaries are given on the conflict, and what insights are provided by characters other than Cleopatra and Antony? How is the conflict resolved? What affects the resolution of the conflict?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the play, Caesar uses many incidents and faults of others to his own advantage. Although not the philosophy promoted in the 18th century, this is nonetheless an evaluation of people and objects based on their utility, and thus a form of utilitarianism. Compose an analytical essay that evaluates Caesar's methods of evaluating others. In what ways does Caesar put to use other people, objects, incidents, situations, or human faults? Upon what basis does he reward or punish individuals? What is the moral significance of such a method of evaluation? What is problematic about using others as a means to one's own end?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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