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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. Of what does Antony say Cleopatra is armorer?
2. What does Antony foreshadow by telling Eros that they must sleep, after Mardian delivers news of Cleopatra's death?
3. Who accompanies Antony into his camp in Act 4, Scene 5?
4. Who accompanies Antony at the outset of Act 4, Scene 12?
5. What is Caesar's will regarding Antony in Act 4, Scene 6?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the sudden music expose within the soldiers of Antony before the battle at Alexandria?
2. Why does Caesar insist upon being still with his land forces on the second day of Battle at Alexandria?
3. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?
4. What is meant by Charmian's statement that "The soul and body rive not more in parting / Than greatness going off"?
5. How does Cleopatra comport herself towards Antony in Act 4, Scene 4?
6. What does Antony mean by saying that his men have "shown all Hectors" and why is this significant?
7. In what way is Antony's disposition towards the battle at Alexandria changed on the second day?
8. How does the news of Cleopatra's death affect Antony's actions?
9. To what end does Cleopatra commit herself, and why, after Antony has died?
10. Why does Cleopatra tell Mardian to inform Antony that she has died?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In a variety of scenes and a variety of manners, the play constantly exposes the inherent dangers of political success and failure. Analyze this exposition as it occurs throughout the play in a well-organized essay. In what scenes is political danger a dominant theme? How are the dangers of politics portrayed? Which characters provide insight on the dangers of the political machinations of the play and how are they exposed? What is the significance of the inherent dangers of politics to the tragic nature of the play?
Essay Topic 2
Throughout the play, there is a regularly occurring but never explicitly mentioned theme of tyrannical rule. Tyranny, in the modern conception, is defined as the rule of any authoritative figure or body for the sake of his or their own good, without consideration of those who are ruled. In a thoughtful essay, analyze the presence of this theme in all of the powerful rulers throughout the play. How do they rule for their own good? In what way does this rule affect those who are ruled, be it positive or negative? In what scenes or actions do the various rulers evince tyrannical tendencies?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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