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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. Whom does Cleopatra say she and her companions shall make proud to take them?
2. What do the soldiers hear after Enobarbus dies?
3. Caesar says that the news of Antony's death is tidings enough to wash the eyes of whom?
4. What does Antony call the work of a soldier in war?
5. Of what does Caesar say the death of Antony should have made a greater?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?
2. In what way is Antony's disposition towards the battle at Alexandria changed on the second day?
3. How does Cleopatra comport herself towards Antony in Act 4, Scene 4?
4. For what reason does Caesar seek to preserve the life of Cleopatra after hearing that Antony has died?
5. What attitude grips Antony and his soldiers in Act 4, Scene 7?
6. Why does Cleopatra feign submission to Caesar at the end of the play?
7. Why does Caesar insist upon being still with his land forces on the second day of Battle at Alexandria?
8. What purpose does Act 4, Scene 3 serve, with its interlude of unnamed, minor characters?
9. What is revealed about the Roman attitude towards death in Act 4, Scene 14?
10. Why does Enobarbus say he will seek out a ditch in which he may die?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In contrast to the more nuanced influences of the play, the direct cause of the play's tragic outcome is quite obviously the external conflict between Mark Antony and Octavius Caesar. However, the drastic importance of this conflict, its political and historical implications, have a drastic influence on the overall significance of the play. Why is the conflict important to the whole world? How is this indicated in the play? What is at stake in the conflict between the two triumvirs? What is the relationship between the greater significance of this conflict and the significance of the play as a tragedy?
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
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?
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