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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 effect does Antony's odd trick in speaking to his servants produce on the servants?
2. What, in the play's beginning, is the "tawny front" upon which Antony has turned his view?
3. How does Caesar respond to Antony's challenge?
4. For what reason does Caesar claim he arrested Lepidus?
5. What is the name of the man who accompanies Caesar in Act 3, Scene 8?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Caesar instruct Thyreus to win Cleopatra from Antony?
2. What causes Antony to flee the battle of Actium?
3. Under what condition would Caesar grant lands in Sicily to Mark Antony?
4. For what reason does the Soothsayer tell Antony he must go back to Egypt?
5. How do his companions react to Antony's speeches in Act 4, Scene 2?
6. What characterizes the responses by Antony's subordinates to his announcement that he will fight Caesar by sea at Actium?
7. For what reason does Ventidius claim he leaves some soldiering undone?
8. What is the meaning and significance of "a Lethe'd dulness" as Pompey uses the phrase in line 27 of Act 2, Scene 1?
9. What characterizes the reports that the messenger gives to Cleopatra of Octavia?
10. For what reason does Mecaenas imply that striking Antony while the beleaguered triumvir is in his rage is strategically sound
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Throughout the play, there is a regularly occurring but never explicitly mentioned theme of tyrannical rule. Tyranny, in the modern conception, is defined as the rule of any authoritative figure or body for the sake of his or their own good, without consideration of those who are ruled. In a thoughtful essay, analyze the presence of this theme in all of the powerful rulers throughout the play. How do they rule for their own good? In what way does this rule affect those who are ruled, be it positive or negative? In what scenes or actions do the various rulers evince tyrannical tendencies?
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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