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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 action of Thyreus's inspires Mark Antony to have him punished?

2. What is the name of the lieutenant of Caesar, who leads his land army?

3. Who is sent by Antony to intervene with Caesar in an attempt to prevent civil war?

4. How does Antony have Thyreus's punished?

5. With what weapon does Cleopatra threaten the messenger from Italy?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. For what reason does Antony insist upon assailing Caesar by sea at Actium, despite the protestations of his loyal men?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

An essential element of the tragic play is the evocation of pity from the audience. In order to evoke pity, the audience must be enabled to relate with the characters caught up in the tragedy. In a broad-minded and considerate essay, analyze the means by which the play makes those involved in the tragedy, principally Antony and Cleopatra, but also Enobarbus and Eros, as well as any others caught in the struggles between mightier characters, sympathetic to the audience or reader. What scenes demonstrate the unfortunate nature of these characters' sufferings? How do they portray the characters as pitiable? What is the fundamental root of relation between the audience and the pitiable characters in these scenes? What does this reveal about dramatic tragedy and its relationship to human nature?

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