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. What do the soldiers resolve to do about the noise in Act 4, Scene 3?

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

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

4. Whose "case of that huge spirit now is cold" as said by Cleopatra?

5. What does Antony send after his most recent deserter in Act 4, Scene 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Antony say will happen to Cleopatra if she does not vanish after his fleet has betrayed him?

2. How does Cleopatra comport herself towards Antony in Act 4, Scene 4?

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

4. In what way is Antony's disposition towards the battle at Alexandria changed on the second day?

5. Why does Caesar insist upon being still with his land forces on the second day of Battle at Alexandria?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The tragic conclusion of Antony and Cleopatra is somewhat mitigated by the portrayal and evident Roman perception of the nobility of suicide. By carefully developing a well-structured essay, analyze the reasons behind the Roman view of suicide and explicate how this effects the conclusion of the play. What is significant about the various characters ending their own lives? How does such action alter the ending of the play? What is the fundamental correlation between death and nobility? Upon what principles is the Roman conception of suicide in the face of being conquered as noble founded? Be sure to explicate through examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Though not an antagonist in the traditional sense of the word, Cleopatra acts as a catalyst for the internal conflict that contributes to Mark Antony's disintegration. This makes Cleopatra a somewhat unique character in literature. Compose an analytical essay that examines the peculiarities of her character, including how they affect Antony, but focusing principally on Cleopatra. What characterizes her personality? What traits does she habitually evince in the play? What are her motivations throughout the play? Does her behavior, by the final act, change from how she comports herself in the play's first act?

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