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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 animal of Thessaly does Cleopatra speak?
2. Whom is it reported by Enobarbus that Caesar has hanged without good reason?
3. Who goes to make Caesar's will regarding Antony known to the troops?
4. How does Antony kiss Cleopatra before departing for battle near Alexandria?
5. To where do the soldiers carry Enobarbus's body?
Short Essay Questions
1. What purpose does Act 4, Scene 3 serve, with its interlude of unnamed, minor characters?
2. What attitude grips Antony and his soldiers in Act 4, Scene 7?
3. What happens to Enobarbus after his speech in Act 4, Scene 9?
4. How does the course of the battle change in Act 4, Scene 10?
5. For what reason does Caesar seek to preserve the life of Cleopatra after hearing that Antony has died?
6. What does Antony mean by saying that his men have "shown all Hectors" and why is this significant?
7. What characterizes the reactions of those present in Act 4, Scene 1, to the news of Antony's death?
8. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?
9. What does Enobarbus reveal about Caesar in Act 4, Scene 6?
10. How does Antony react to the desertion by Enobarbus?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
An essential element of the tragic play is the evocation of pity from the audience. In order to evoke pity, the audience must be enabled to relate with the characters caught up in the tragedy. In a broad-minded and considerate essay, analyze the means by which the play makes those involved in the tragedy, principally Antony and Cleopatra, but also Enobarbus and Eros, as well as any others caught in the struggles between mightier characters, sympathetic to the audience or reader. What scenes demonstrate the unfortunate nature of these characters' sufferings? How do they portray the characters as pitiable? What is the fundamental root of relation between the audience and the pitiable characters in these scenes? What does this reveal about dramatic tragedy and its relationship to human nature?
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 Antony's rival, Octavius Caesar plays a vital role in the tragic story of Antony and Cleopatra. As the story's external antagonist, he helps to propel the action of the story. In a thoughtful essay, analyze the character of Caesar, being sure to contrast him with Mark Antony but nonetheless retaining focus on Caesar himself. What are his principal traits as a character? What are his motivations? How does he treat other characters in the story? What worldview does Caesar represent? How does Caesar correspond to a changing world dynamic?
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