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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. To where does Antony send Ventidius in Act 2, Scene 3?
2. What of Cleopatra's does Antony say repays him for the loss at Actium?
3. Of what is Antony told concerning his wife in the play's second scene?
4. Where is Antony reported as being, by Caesar, in Act 3, Scene 6?
5. How many days does Lepidus say Mecaenas and Agrippa will gain on him?
Short Essay Questions
1. What attitude grips Antony and his soldiers in Act 4, Scene 7?
2. For what reason does Mecaenas imply that striking Antony while the beleaguered triumvir is in his rage is strategically sound
3. Why does Enobarbus say he will seek out a ditch in which he may die?
4. What is revealed about the Roman attitude towards death in Act 4, Scene 14?
5. What does the sudden music expose within the soldiers of Antony before the battle at Alexandria?
6. Why does Octavius Caesar lament the absence of Mark Antony?
7. What characterizes the manner with which Cleopatra reacts to Antony's decisions?
8. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?
9. What is the result of Antony's fleeing from Actium?
10. How does Cleopatra act in Antony's absence?
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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