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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. Of what animal of Thessaly does Cleopatra speak?
2. How is the army of Caesar preparing for the second day of battle at Alexandria?
3. Whom does Cleopatra name as her treasurer?
4. Who is it revealed has deserted Antony in Act 4?
5. The best force of the opposition is said by the speaker of the play's shortest scene to be put where?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Cleopatra comport herself towards Antony in Act 4, Scene 4?
2. What characterizes Enobarbus' speech which he calls upon the moon to witness?
3. What does Antony say will happen to Cleopatra if she does not vanish after his fleet has betrayed him?
4. What is revealed about the Roman attitude towards death in Act 4, Scene 14?
5. How does the course of the battle change in Act 4, Scene 10?
6. Why does Cleopatra tell Mardian to inform Antony that she has died?
7. To what end does Cleopatra commit herself, and why, after Antony has died?
8. How does Caesar gain an advantage by holding his land forces still?
9. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?
10. What effect on Antony's disposition does the desertion by Enobarbus have?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In contrast to the more nuanced influences of the play, the direct cause of the play's tragic outcome is quite obviously the external conflict between Mark Antony and Octavius Caesar. However, the drastic importance of this conflict, its political and historical implications, have a drastic influence on the overall significance of the play. Why is the conflict important to the whole world? How is this indicated in the play? What is at stake in the conflict between the two triumvirs? What is the relationship between the greater significance of this conflict and the significance of the play as a tragedy?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
As Antony's rival, Octavius Caesar plays a vital role in the tragic story of Antony and Cleopatra. As the story's external antagonist, he helps to propel the action of the story. In a thoughtful essay, analyze the character of Caesar, being sure to contrast him with Mark Antony but nonetheless retaining focus on Caesar himself. What are his principal traits as a character? What are his motivations? How does he treat other characters in the story? What worldview does Caesar represent? How does Caesar correspond to a changing world dynamic?
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