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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. Who accompanies Antony in Act 4, Scene 10?
2. Upon whom does Enobarbus call to be his witness in delivering his soliloquy?
3. What sort of men does Antony lament his poor fortunes have corrupted?
4. Who arrives and claims that the enemy is beaten and his side's advantage serves for "a fair victory" in the seventh scene of the fourth act?
5. What does Antony send after his most recent deserter in Act 4, Scene 5?
Short Essay Questions
1. In what way is Antony's disposition towards the battle at Alexandria changed on the second day?
2. What characterizes the reactions of those present in Act 4, Scene 1, to the news of Antony's death?
3. Why does Cleopatra tell Mardian to inform Antony that she has died?
4. What is indicated by Cleopatra's refusal to come down to Antony in Act 4, Scene 15?
5. How does Cleopatra comport herself towards Antony in Act 4, Scene 4?
6. What effect on Antony's disposition does the desertion by Enobarbus have?
7. For what reason does Caesar seek to preserve the life of Cleopatra after hearing that Antony has died?
8. Why does Cleopatra feign submission to Caesar at the end of the play?
9. Why does Enobarbus say he will seek out a ditch in which he may die?
10. How does the course of the battle change in Act 4, Scene 10?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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