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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. Who is with Caesar in his home in Act 1, Scene 4?

3. In Act 3, Scene 5, who delivers news to Enobarbus?

4. How many times "of better fortune" does Enobarbus say that Caesar is, in comparison to Antony?

5. What, in the play's beginning, is the "tawny front" upon which Antony has turned his view?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what reason does Ventidius claim he leaves some soldiering undone?

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

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

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

5. For what reason does Cleopatra send Alexas to Italy?

6. What does the sight of Thyreus kissing Cleopatra's hand provoke in Mark Antony?

7. What good does Caesar say that Octavia's letters had done, regarding Antony?

8. What is the meaning and significance of "a Lethe'd dulness" as Pompey uses the phrase in line 27 of Act 2, Scene 1?

9. What characterizes the manner with which Cleopatra reacts to Antony's decisions?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The tragic conclusion of Antony and Cleopatra is somewhat mitigated by the portrayal and evident Roman perception of the nobility of suicide. By carefully developing a well-structured essay, analyze the reasons behind the Roman view of suicide and explicate how this effects the conclusion of the play. What is significant about the various characters ending their own lives? How does such action alter the ending of the play? What is the fundamental correlation between death and nobility? Upon what principles is the Roman conception of suicide in the face of being conquered as noble founded? Be sure to explicate through examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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