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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. To where does Antony send Ventidius in Act 2, Scene 3?

2. Who is sent by Antony to intervene with Caesar in an attempt to prevent civil war?

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

4. What, in the play's beginning, is the "tawny front" upon which Antony has turned his view?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cleopatra expose her true self in Act 3, Scene 13?

2. What good does Caesar say that Octavia's letters had done, regarding Antony?

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

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

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

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

7. For what reason does Mecaenas imply that striking Antony while the beleaguered triumvir is in his rage is strategically sound

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

9. For what reason does Cleopatra send Alexas to Italy?

10. What characterizes the reports that the messenger gives to Cleopatra of Octavia?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

Though not an antagonist in the traditional sense of the word, Cleopatra acts as a catalyst for the internal conflict that contributes to Mark Antony's disintegration. This makes Cleopatra a somewhat unique character in literature. Compose an analytical essay that examines the peculiarities of her character, including how they affect Antony, but focusing principally on Cleopatra. What characterizes her personality? What traits does she habitually evince in the play? What are her motivations throughout the play? Does her behavior, by the final act, change from how she comports herself in the play's first act?

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