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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, according to Enobarbus, ails Lepidus after the meeting with Pompey?

2. What is the status of the man Antony sends as an ambassador to Caesar after Actium?

3. With what weapon does Cleopatra threaten the messenger from Italy?

4. Whose flight has given example to the rest of the men on the losing side?

5. What is the name of the lieutenant of Caesar, who leads his land army?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Menas propose to make Pompey the ruler of the world?

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

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

6. What causes Antony to experience a dramatic change at the play's beginning?

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

8. For what reason does the Soothsayer tell Antony he must go back to Egypt?

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

10. For what reason does Mecaenas imply that striking Antony while the beleaguered triumvir is in his rage is strategically sound

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

A seldom explicitly mentioned theme throughout the play is the fidelity and infidelity of minor characters despite maltreatment and disregard for their more fundamental rights. Thoughtfully explicate this theme in a well-developed essay. How do the various minor characters demonstrate their fidelity and to whom? For what reasons do the characters evidently remain loyal? Contrariwise, which characters forsake their obligations to fidelity, and for what reasons are they motivated to do so? What do these various relationships of disparate levels of fidelity indicate about the fundamental human tendencies regarding loyalty?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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