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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. Antony says he will make who (or what) love him the next time he fights in Act 3, Scene 13?

2. What is the name of the man who accompanies Caesar in Act 3, Scene 8?

3. To where does Antony decide he must go in the beginning of the play?

4. Pompey tells Menas in Act 2, Scene 7, that his honor leads his what?

5. What does Cleopatra imagine Antony calls her at the end of the first act?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?

2. Why does Octavius Caesar lament the absence of Mark Antony?

3. What causes Antony to flee the battle of Actium?

4. What is indicated by Cleopatra's refusal to come down to Antony in Act 4, Scene 15?

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

6. How does the course of the battle change in Act 4, Scene 10?

7. What effect on Antony's disposition does the desertion by Enobarbus have?

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

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

10. Why is it suggested by Agrippa that Mark Antony be married to Octavia?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Act 3, Scenes 10 through 13, Antony is unveiled as being shamed and enraged to the point of violence by that shame. Having fled battle, shown himself to appear a coward, and having his woman enticed by a servant of his enemy, Antony is overcome with emotional discord. By formulating an insightful essay, examine the inherent relationship between shame, anger, and violence, as it is portrayed in Antony and Cleopatra. In what scenes does the relationship become evident? How does it become evident? What motivates Antony, or any other characters for whom you can find examples, to feelings of shame? How is this shame related to anger and/or violence?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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