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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. What do the soldiers hear after Enobarbus dies?
3. Whom does Antony command to kill him?
4. For whom does Antony call at the end of Act 4's twelfth scene?
5. What does Antony call Eros after the latter's suicide?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Caesar insist upon being still with his land forces on the second day of Battle at Alexandria?
2. What does the sudden music expose within the soldiers of Antony before the battle at Alexandria?
3. Why does Cleopatra feign submission to Caesar at the end of the play?
4. Why does Cleopatra tell Mardian to inform Antony that she has died?
5. What is meant by Charmian's statement that "The soul and body rive not more in parting / Than greatness going off"?
6. What effect on Antony's disposition does the desertion by Enobarbus have?
7. What is indicated by Cleopatra's refusal to come down to Antony in Act 4, Scene 15?
8. What purpose does Act 4, Scene 3 serve, with its interlude of unnamed, minor characters?
9. What does Antony mean by saying that his men have "shown all Hectors" and why is this significant?
10. What is revealed about the Roman attitude towards death in Act 4, Scene 14?
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
One of the most complicated characters in the play, despite the brevity of his appearance, is the Clown who delivers the deadly asps to Cleopatra in the final scene. Though his phrasing is somewhat veiled and ambiguous, a multitude of arguments can be made for any number of interpretations of his character's significance. In a very carefully constructed essay, analyze the Clown's words to Cleopatra and make an argument for some definite interpretation of his meaning. What are the referents for the people and conditions to which the Clown alludes? What is the significance of his commentaries insofar as they relate to the actions and characters of the play? Why have a clown deliver such a message?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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