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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 is the "Tiber" to which Antony refers at the beginning of the play?

2. How many days does Lepidus say Mecaenas and Agrippa will gain on him?

3. What effect does Antony's odd trick in speaking to his servants produce on the servants?

4. What is the meaning of "dolorous" as used by Antony in line 39 of Act 4, Scene 2?

5. Whom does Cleopatra send to report on the features of Octavia?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what reason does Cleopatra fly into a rage in the fifth scene of the second act?

2. What characterizes Antony's speech after Actium, before Cleopatra arrives, at the palace in Alexandria?

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

4. Why does Enobarbus tell Menas that that which has caused amity between Caesar and Antony will likewise "prove the immediate author of their variance"?

5. What characterizes the responses by Antony's subordinates to his announcement that he will fight Caesar by sea at Actium?

6. How does Cleopatra act in Antony's absence?

7. How do his companions react to Antony's speeches in Act 4, Scene 2?

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

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

10. What is the significance of the discussion between Enobarbus and Agrippa in the first part of Act 3, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

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

Keeping in mind that a tragedy is a story of human action which, by the means of free will and fate, results in exceptional calamity and the death or disintegration of the life of an extraordinary man, analyze the relationship between the story of Antony and Cleopatra with the archetypal indications of tragedy in a well-thought-out essay. What indicates the story to be a tragedy? What is the significance of all the central elements of the story insofar as they relate to tragedy? In what does the play's tragedy specifically consist?

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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