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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. With what word does Enobarbus describe his revolt in comparison to Antony's nobility?
2. With whom does Antony intend his foot soldiers to stay in Act 4, Scene 10?
3. Whom is it reported by Enobarbus that Caesar has hanged without good reason?
4. Whose "case of that huge spirit now is cold" as said by Cleopatra?
5. What is an appropriate synonym for "appointment" as used in line 8 of Act 4, Scene 10?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?
2. What is revealed by Antony's immediate blame of Cleopatra for the surrender of his fleet?
3. In what way are the places of the two armies shown to be exchanged in Act 4, Scene 8?
4. What does Antony say will happen to Cleopatra if she does not vanish after his fleet has betrayed him?
5. How does Antony react to the desertion by Enobarbus?
6. What is meant by Charmian's statement that "The soul and body rive not more in parting / Than greatness going off"?
7. What characterizes Enobarbus' speech which he calls upon the moon to witness?
8. Why does Cleopatra tell Mardian to inform Antony that she has died?
9. What happens to Enobarbus after his speech in Act 4, Scene 9?
10. What is indicated by Cleopatra's refusal to come down to Antony in Act 4, Scene 15?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the third act of the play, the fortunes of the two sides of the external conflict are reversed by the machinations of free will. Examine in a thoroughly-developed analytical essay this reversal of fortune. How had the fortunes of Antony and his companions been positively progressing throughout the first few acts of the play? In what way do they regress in the second half? How is this affected in the third act of the play? What particular actions, and of whom, are responsible for the inception of the downfall of the triumvir Antony and in what do they consist?
Essay Topic 2
As a constant companion of Mark Antony, Enobarbus often serves as a foil against which Antony's greatness and tragic decline are set. Thus, compose an insightful analytical essay that examines the character of Enobarbus as he helps to expose Antony's character. What sort of man is Enobarbus? What characterizes his actions? How does such a character help to demonstrate Antony's character? What does Enobarbus's tragic end help the audience to see regarding Antony? What is the significance of Enobarbus's soliloquy in Act 4, Scene 9?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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