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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. Where does Cleopatra go in Act 4, Scene 13?
2. Who brings a basket to Cleopatra?
3. Upon whom does Enobarbus call to be his witness in delivering his soliloquy?
4. Whom does Caesar send to accompany the speaker sent to Cleopatra in the first part of the final act?
5. Whom is it reported by Enobarbus that Caesar has hanged without good reason?
Short Essay Questions
1. What purpose does Act 4, Scene 3 serve, with its interlude of unnamed, minor characters?
2. For what reason does Caesar seek to preserve the life of Cleopatra after hearing that Antony has died?
3. What effect on Antony's disposition does the desertion by Enobarbus have?
4. What is meant by Charmian's statement that "The soul and body rive not more in parting / Than greatness going off"?
5. Why does Caesar insist upon being still with his land forces on the second day of Battle at Alexandria?
6. What does the sudden music expose within the soldiers of Antony before the battle at Alexandria?
7. How does Antony react to the desertion by Enobarbus?
8. What is indicated by Cleopatra's refusal to come down to Antony in Act 4, Scene 15?
9. How does Cleopatra comport herself towards Antony in Act 4, Scene 4?
10. How has the battle gone so far, in Act 4, Scene 7?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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