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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. Whom does Cleopatra name as her treasurer?
2. Who accompanies Cleopatra to her destination in Act 4, Scene 13?
3. What do the soldiers hear after Enobarbus dies?
4. How many times will Antony reward Scarus for his "spritely comfort"?
5. Whom does Caesar send to Antony to implore him to surrender in the first scene of the final act?
Short Essay Questions
1. What attitude grips Antony and his soldiers in Act 4, Scene 7?
2. What characterizes the reactions of those present in Act 4, Scene 1, to the news of Antony's death?
3. What happens to Enobarbus after his speech in Act 4, Scene 9?
4. What does the sudden music expose within the soldiers of Antony before the battle at Alexandria?
5. How does Antony react to the desertion by Enobarbus?
6. How does Cleopatra comport herself towards Antony in Act 4, Scene 4?
7. Why does Caesar insist upon being still with his land forces on the second day of Battle at Alexandria?
8. To what end does Cleopatra commit herself, and why, after Antony has died?
9. How does the course of the battle change in Act 4, Scene 10?
10. Why does Enobarbus say he will seek out a ditch in which he may die?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the play, Caesar uses many incidents and faults of others to his own advantage. Although not the philosophy promoted in the 18th century, this is nonetheless an evaluation of people and objects based on their utility, and thus a form of utilitarianism. Compose an analytical essay that evaluates Caesar's methods of evaluating others. In what ways does Caesar put to use other people, objects, incidents, situations, or human faults? Upon what basis does he reward or punish individuals? What is the moral significance of such a method of evaluation? What is problematic about using others as a means to one's own end?
Essay Topic 2
The primary element to the vibrancy of any of Shakespeare's plays, particularly those that are historically based, is the richness of the characters' portrayal. As such, comprehending the roles of even the most minor characters can be crucial to appreciation of the play as a whole. In the case of Antony and Cleopatra, every character revolves around fidelity to some other, more powerful individual. Analyze in an insightful essay all of the characters who are fundamentally attached to Antony, excluding Enobarbus. What is common among the various characters attached to Antony? How does this reflect upon Antony himself? What sort of relationship is there between each character and Antony? Upon what is the relationship founded? Is there any sort of reciprocity present?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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