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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 is the name of the man who accompanies Caesar in Act 3, Scene 8?
2. To whom does Enobarbus speak in the first part of Act 3, Scene 2?
3. Pompey tells Menas in Act 2, Scene 7, that his honor leads his what?
4. According to Canidius, where did Caesar fight Pompey?
5. With what does Caesar reward his army in the beginning of Act 4?
Short Essay Questions
1. For what reason does the Soothsayer tell Antony he must go back to Egypt?
2. Why does Enobarbus tell Menas that that which has caused amity between Caesar and Antony will likewise "prove the immediate author of their variance"?
3. For what reason does Antony insist upon assailing Caesar by sea at Actium, despite the protestations of his loyal men?
4. What does Caesar imply by his directions regarding giving the soldiers a feast the night before the battle at Alexandria?
5. What characterizes the reports that the messenger gives to Cleopatra of Octavia?
6. How does Cleopatra expose her true self in Act 3, Scene 13?
7. For what reason does Cleopatra send Alexas to Italy?
8. Why is it suggested by Agrippa that Mark Antony be married to Octavia?
9. For what reason does Mecaenas imply that striking Antony while the beleaguered triumvir is in his rage is strategically sound
10. What characterizes the responses by Antony's subordinates to his announcement that he will fight Caesar by sea at Actium?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
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?
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