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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. Whom does Caesar send to win Cleopatra from Antony?
2. What location is reported as being taken by Caesar in Act 3, Scene 7?
3. Where is Pompey's house that serves as the setting for the beginning of Act 2?
4. With what does Caesar reward his army in the beginning of Act 4?
5. How does Caesar respond to Antony's challenge?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Cleopatra expose her true self in Act 3, Scene 13?
2. For what reason does the Soothsayer tell Antony he must go back to Egypt?
3. What is the meaning and significance of "a Lethe'd dulness" as Pompey uses the phrase in line 27 of Act 2, Scene 1?
4. How does Cleopatra act in Antony's absence?
5. How does Menas propose to make Pompey the ruler of the world?
6. For what reasons are tensions brewing between Antony and Caesar in Act 3, Scene 4?
7. Why is it suggested by Agrippa that Mark Antony be married to Octavia?
8. What does Caesar imply by his directions regarding giving the soldiers a feast the night before the battle at Alexandria?
9. How does Caesar instruct Thyreus to win Cleopatra from Antony?
10. What characterizes the manner with which Cleopatra reacts to Antony's decisions?
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
A dominant means of exposition and plot movement in the play is through the unseen but contextually described battles. Being careful to read out from the play and not into the play, explicate the significance of the battles at Actium and Alexandria, analyzing in what ways the various victories and defeats occur and what the significance of each is. Who wins the battle? How does he win the battle? What are the consequences of the battle being won? What is revealed about the various involved characters through their reactions to the conclusions of the various battles?
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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