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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. With what does Caesar reward his army in the beginning of Act 4?
2. Whose ship hoists its sail and flies, "like a cow in June"?
3. What is the meaning of "dolorous" as used by Antony in line 39 of Act 4, Scene 2?
4. What, according to Enobarbus, ails Lepidus after the meeting with Pompey?
5. To where does Antony decide he must go in the beginning of the play?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the result of Antony's fleeing from Actium?
2. Why is it suggested by Agrippa that Mark Antony be married to Octavia?
3. What characterizes Antony's speech after Actium, before Cleopatra arrives, at the palace in Alexandria?
4. What characterizes the reports that the messenger gives to Cleopatra of Octavia?
5. Why does Octavius Caesar lament the absence of Mark Antony?
6. For what reason does the Soothsayer tell Antony he must go back to Egypt?
7. Under what condition would Caesar grant lands in Sicily to Mark Antony?
8. How does Cleopatra expose her true self in Act 3, Scene 13?
9. For what reason does Antony spurn the news that has come from Rome at the play's beginning?
10. What does Caesar imply by his directions regarding giving the soldiers a feast the night before the battle at Alexandria?
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
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 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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