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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. At whose house does Act 2, Scene 2 unfold?

2. About what age does the messenger report his guessing of Octavia's age to Cleopatra?

3. What does Cleopatra insist Charmian give her to drink at the last scene of Act 1?

4. How does the messenger report the voice of Octavia to Cleopatra?

5. Towards where do the ships of the defeated flee?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what reason does Antony spurn the news that has come from Rome at the play's beginning?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As a constant companion of Mark Antony, Enobarbus often serves as a foil against which Antony's greatness and tragic decline are set. Thus, compose an insightful analytical essay that examines the character of Enobarbus as he helps to expose Antony's character. What sort of man is Enobarbus? What characterizes his actions? How does such a character help to demonstrate Antony's character? What does Enobarbus's tragic end help the audience to see regarding Antony? What is the significance of Enobarbus's soliloquy in Act 4, Scene 9?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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