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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. What does Caesar say the world shall bear freely if the battle of Alexandria goes well?

2. Where does Caesar say Cleopatra will be buried?

3. What does Antony compare to the spirit of a youth who "means to be of note," in Act 4, Scene 4?

4. To where does the speaker in Act 4, Scene 11, say the speaker and company must go?

5. How is the army of Caesar preparing for the second day of battle at Alexandria?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is meant by Charmian's statement that "The soul and body rive not more in parting / Than greatness going off"?

2. How does the news of Cleopatra's death affect Antony's actions?

3. To what end does Cleopatra commit herself, and why, after Antony has died?

4. What does the sudden music expose within the soldiers of Antony before the battle at Alexandria?

5. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?

6. How does Antony behave towards his servants before the battle at Alexandria?

7. What does Antony say will happen to Cleopatra if she does not vanish after his fleet has betrayed him?

8. Why does Cleopatra feign submission to Caesar at the end of the play?

9. How does Antony react to the desertion by Enobarbus?

10. Why does Caesar insist upon being still with his land forces on the second day of Battle at Alexandria?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although the external conflict with Caesar is what ostensibly brings Mark Antony to his fate, it is only as a result of Antony's failure to overcome the internal conflict between his desire for Cleopatra and his right reason that the conflict comes about. In a thoughtful essay, analyze the causes, events, and consequences of this internal conflict as it develops throughout the story. In what does the conflict consist? What actions are characteristic of the conflict? How does the conflict move the story's events? What commentaries are given on the conflict, and what insights are provided by characters other than Cleopatra and Antony? How is the conflict resolved? What affects the resolution of the conflict?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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