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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. How does the speaker in Act 4's eleventh scene say the associated army shall be?
2. Whom is it reported by Enobarbus that Caesar has hanged without good reason?
3. With what does Cleopatra kill herself?
4. What decision does Antony lament to the solider who greets him in the fifth scene of the fourth act?
5. Of what does Antony say Cleopatra is armorer?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Cleopatra tell Mardian to inform Antony that she has died?
2. How does the news of Cleopatra's death affect Antony's actions?
3. How does Caesar gain an advantage by holding his land forces still?
4. What attitude grips Antony and his soldiers in Act 4, Scene 7?
5. What purpose does Act 4, Scene 3 serve, with its interlude of unnamed, minor characters?
6. What characterizes the reactions of those present in Act 4, Scene 1, to the news of Antony's death?
7. How has the battle gone so far, in Act 4, Scene 7?
8. What happens to Enobarbus after his speech in Act 4, Scene 9?
9. Why does Enobarbus say he will seek out a ditch in which he may die?
10. What characterizes Enobarbus' speech which he calls upon the moon to witness?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 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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