Antony and Cleopatra Test | Final 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. In the concluding lines of Act 4, Scene 8, Antony says heaven and earth will do what to Antony and his companions?

2. To whose "prepared nails" does Antony refer?

3. Whom does Caesar send to accompany the speaker sent to Cleopatra in the first part of the final act?

4. To where does Cleopatra go after Antony departs to battle near the city of Alexandria?

5. To where do the soldiers carry Enobarbus's body?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Cleopatra feign submission to Caesar at the end of the play?

2. Why does Cleopatra tell Mardian to inform Antony that she has died?

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

4. What characterizes Enobarbus' speech which he calls upon the moon to witness?

5. To what end does Cleopatra commit herself, and why, after Antony has died?

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

7. In what way are the places of the two armies shown to be exchanged in Act 4, Scene 8?

8. What does Antony mean by saying that his men have "shown all Hectors" and why is this significant?

9. What happens to Enobarbus after his speech in Act 4, Scene 9?

10. What purpose does Act 4, Scene 3 serve, with its interlude of unnamed, minor characters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Compose a carefully crafted and well-planned analytical essay on the character of Mark Antony. As the story's protagonist, he is regarded as an extraordinary man whose life ends in exceptional calamity and disintegration. What are his principal character traits? In what ways does Antony stand out from the rest of the characters in the story? How do these contribute to his being an extraordinary man? What affects his downfall? What characterizes the disintegration of Antony's life? How does Antony's life drive the lives of others and the plot of the story? What way of life does Antony represent?

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