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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. Antony says he will make who (or what) love him the next time he fights in Act 3, Scene 13?

2. What is the name of the man who accompanies Caesar in Act 3, Scene 8?

3. To where does Antony decide he must go in the beginning of the play?

4. Pompey tells Menas in Act 2, Scene 7, that his honor leads his what?

5. What does Cleopatra imagine Antony calls her at the end of the first act?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?

2. Why does Octavius Caesar lament the absence of Mark Antony?

3. What causes Antony to flee the battle of Actium?

4. What is indicated by Cleopatra's refusal to come down to Antony in Act 4, Scene 15?

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

6. How does the course of the battle change in Act 4, Scene 10?

7. What effect on Antony's disposition does the desertion by Enobarbus have?

8. How does Antony behave towards his servants before the battle at Alexandria?

9. Why does Enobarbus say he will seek out a ditch in which he may die?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

One of the most complicated characters in the play, despite the brevity of his appearance, is the Clown who delivers the deadly asps to Cleopatra in the final scene. Though his phrasing is somewhat veiled and ambiguous, a multitude of arguments can be made for any number of interpretations of his character's significance. In a very carefully constructed essay, analyze the Clown's words to Cleopatra and make an argument for some definite interpretation of his meaning. What are the referents for the people and conditions to which the Clown alludes? What is the significance of his commentaries insofar as they relate to the actions and characters of the play? Why have a clown deliver such a message?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the play, Caesar uses many incidents and faults of others to his own advantage. Although not the philosophy promoted in the 18th century, this is nonetheless an evaluation of people and objects based on their utility, and thus a form of utilitarianism. Compose an analytical essay that evaluates Caesar's methods of evaluating others. In what ways does Caesar put to use other people, objects, incidents, situations, or human faults? Upon what basis does he reward or punish individuals? What is the moral significance of such a method of evaluation? What is problematic about using others as a means to one's own end?

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