Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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 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
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 3
Of all Cleopatra's many unique character traits, none is perhaps as efficacious on the action and plot of the story as her vanity. In a well-written essay, analyze the cataclysm that is caused by her vain pursuits. In what instances does she show her vanity? How does it affect characters and their actions? What sparks her vain tendencies? What is the evident moral consequence of indulging one's own vanity, as demonstrated by Cleopatra?
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