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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. Upon whose trencher does Antony say he found Cleopatra as a "cold morsel"?

2. Who emerges triumphant in Parthia?

3. Who does Cleopatra want to send to find Antony in Act 1, Scene 3?

4. For what reason does Caesar claim he arrested Lepidus?

5. Who does Antony report has made new wars against Pompey?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Cleopatra tell Mardian to inform Antony that she has died?

4. Why does Enobarbus say he will seek out a ditch in which he may die?

5. What is the result of Antony's fleeing from Actium?

6. What characterizes Enobarbus' speech which he calls upon the moon to witness?

7. What purpose does Act 4, Scene 3 serve, with its interlude of unnamed, minor characters?

8. How does Antony behave towards his servants before the battle at Alexandria?

9. For what reasons are tensions brewing between Antony and Caesar in Act 3, Scene 4?

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

In the third act of the play, the fortunes of the two sides of the external conflict are reversed by the machinations of free will. Examine in a thoroughly-developed analytical essay this reversal of fortune. How had the fortunes of Antony and his companions been positively progressing throughout the first few acts of the play? In what way do they regress in the second half? How is this affected in the third act of the play? What particular actions, and of whom, are responsible for the inception of the downfall of the triumvir Antony and in what do they consist?

Essay Topic 2

As Antony's rival, Octavius Caesar plays a vital role in the tragic story of Antony and Cleopatra. As the story's external antagonist, he helps to propel the action of the story. In a thoughtful essay, analyze the character of Caesar, being sure to contrast him with Mark Antony but nonetheless retaining focus on Caesar himself. What are his principal traits as a character? What are his motivations? How does he treat other characters in the story? What worldview does Caesar represent? How does Caesar correspond to a changing world dynamic?

Essay Topic 3

A dominant means of exposition and plot movement in the play is through the unseen but contextually described battles. Being careful to read out from the play and not into the play, explicate the significance of the battles at Actium and Alexandria, analyzing in what ways the various victories and defeats occur and what the significance of each is. Who wins the battle? How does he win the battle? What are the consequences of the battle being won? What is revealed about the various involved characters through their reactions to the conclusions of the various battles?

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