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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. Towards where do the ships of the defeated flee?

2. Who is sent by Antony to intervene with Caesar in an attempt to prevent civil war?

3. Whose presence does Enorbarbus say must puzzle Antony?

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

5. How does Caesar respond to Antony's challenge?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In what way does Antony compose himself in Act 4, Scene 2?

4. Why does Caesar insist upon being still with his land forces on the second day of Battle at Alexandria?

5. How has the battle gone so far, in Act 4, Scene 7?

6. What does the sudden music expose within the soldiers of Antony before the battle at Alexandria?

7. What is revealed about the Roman attitude towards death in Act 4, Scene 14?

8. How does Cleopatra comport herself towards Antony in Act 4, Scene 4?

9. What happens to Enobarbus after his speech in Act 4, Scene 9?

10. For what reason does Caesar seek to preserve the life of Cleopatra after hearing that Antony has died?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

As Antony's rival, Octavius Caesar plays a vital role in the tragic story of Antony and Cleopatra. As the story's external antagonist, he helps to propel the action of the story. In a thoughtful essay, analyze the character of Caesar, being sure to contrast him with Mark Antony but nonetheless retaining focus on Caesar himself. What are his principal traits as a character? What are his motivations? How does he treat other characters in the story? What worldview does Caesar represent? How does Caesar correspond to a changing world dynamic?

Essay Topic 3

In a variety of scenes and a variety of manners, the play constantly exposes the inherent dangers of political success and failure. Analyze this exposition as it occurs throughout the play in a well-organized essay. In what scenes is political danger a dominant theme? How are the dangers of politics portrayed? Which characters provide insight on the dangers of the political machinations of the play and how are they exposed? What is the significance of the inherent dangers of politics to the tragic nature of the play?

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