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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. In what location does Act 3, Scene 4 take place?

2. For what reason does Caesar claim he arrested Lepidus?

3. To whom does Enorbarbus predict Antony will be faithful?

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

5. When asked by Cleopatra "what shall we do?" in Act 3, Scene 13, what does Enobarbus reply?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Under what condition would Caesar grant lands in Sicily to Mark Antony?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compose a carefully crafted and well-planned analytical essay on the character of Mark Antony. As the story's protagonist, he is regarded as an extraordinary man whose life ends in exceptional calamity and disintegration. What are his principal character traits? In what ways does Antony stand out from the rest of the characters in the story? How do these contribute to his being an extraordinary man? What affects his downfall? What characterizes the disintegration of Antony's life? How does Antony's life drive the lives of others and the plot of the story? What way of life does Antony represent?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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