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. Whose hand does Antony clasp in Act 4, Scene 8?

2. To where does the speaker in Act 4, Scene 11, say the speaker and company must go?

3. What god does the Second Soldier say is leaving Antony?

4. Whom does Caesar send to Antony to implore him to surrender in the first scene of the final act?

5. Who enters to guard Cleopatra while Proculeius reports to Caesar?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?

2. What characterizes the reactions of those present in Act 4, Scene 1, to the news of Antony's death?

3. Why does Enobarbus say he will seek out a ditch in which he may die?

4. How does Antony behave towards his servants before the battle at Alexandria?

5. How has the battle gone so far, in Act 4, Scene 7?

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

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

8. What is meant by Charmian's statement that "The soul and body rive not more in parting / Than greatness going off"?

9. What is revealed by Antony's immediate blame of Cleopatra for the surrender of his fleet?

10. What attitude grips Antony and his soldiers in Act 4, Scene 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although the external conflict with Caesar is what ostensibly brings Mark Antony to his fate, it is only as a result of Antony's failure to overcome the internal conflict between his desire for Cleopatra and his right reason that the conflict comes about. In a thoughtful essay, analyze the causes, events, and consequences of this internal conflict as it develops throughout the story. In what does the conflict consist? What actions are characteristic of the conflict? How does the conflict move the story's events? What commentaries are given on the conflict, and what insights are provided by characters other than Cleopatra and Antony? How is the conflict resolved? What affects the resolution of the conflict?

Essay Topic 2

A seldom explicitly mentioned theme throughout the play is the fidelity and infidelity of minor characters despite maltreatment and disregard for their more fundamental rights. Thoughtfully explicate this theme in a well-developed essay. How do the various minor characters demonstrate their fidelity and to whom? For what reasons do the characters evidently remain loyal? Contrariwise, which characters forsake their obligations to fidelity, and for what reasons are they motivated to do so? What do these various relationships of disparate levels of fidelity indicate about the fundamental human tendencies regarding loyalty?

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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