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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 Cleopatra's initial fear when a messenger arrives from Italy in Act 2, Scene 5?

2. What animal does Antony jokingly describe for the drunken Lepidus?

3. Where does Antony, through Euphornius, request to live if Egypt is denied to him by Caesar?

4. To whom does Enobarbus attribute all the fault of the defeat in battle at Actium?

5. Who does Caesar say thrives in the idleness of the triumvirs?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What causes Antony to experience a dramatic change at the play's beginning?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

Throughout Antony and Cleopatra's stormy relationship in the play, it is shown that their love is always a hair's-breadth away from becoming hate, and vice-versa. In a well-developed analytical essay, examine the nature of Antony and Cleopatra's relationship insofar as it alternates from one extreme to another. What propels the characters to launch from one condition to another? How is hate assuaged and love incited? In what way are the two conditions similarly portrayed?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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