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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. How many times "of better fortune" does Enobarbus say that Caesar is, in comparison to Antony?
2. Where is Pompey's house that serves as the setting for the beginning of Act 2?
3. Where is Antony reported as being, by Caesar, in Act 3, Scene 6?
4. What is the name of the lieutenant of Caesar, who leads his land army?
5. What, according to Enobarbus, ails Lepidus after the meeting with Pompey?
Short Essay Questions
1. For what reason does Ventidius claim he leaves some soldiering undone?
2. How does Menas propose to make Pompey the ruler of the world?
3. For what reason does the Soothsayer tell Antony he must go back to Egypt?
4. How does Cleopatra act in Antony's absence?
5. What characterizes Antony's speech after Actium, before Cleopatra arrives, at the palace in Alexandria?
6. For what reason does Antony spurn the news that has come from Rome at the play's beginning?
7. What good does Caesar say that Octavia's letters had done, regarding Antony?
8. For what reason does Cleopatra send Alexas to Italy?
9. What is the meaning and significance of "a Lethe'd dulness" as Pompey uses the phrase in line 27 of Act 2, Scene 1?
10. What characterizes the manner with which Cleopatra reacts to Antony's decisions?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
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?
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