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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 Cleopatra tell her messenger to report as her last word to Antony?
2. What is the "rumor" about of which the Second Soldier speaks in Act 4, Scene 3?
3. Whom does Cleopatra name as her treasurer?
4. Who enters to guard Cleopatra while Proculeius reports to Caesar?
5. Whom does Antony believe responsible for the actions of his fleet?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Cleopatra tell Mardian to inform Antony that she has died?
2. How does Caesar gain an advantage by holding his land forces still?
3. What characterizes the reactions of those present in Act 4, Scene 1, to the news of Antony's death?
4. Why does Caesar insist upon being still with his land forces on the second day of Battle at Alexandria?
5. What does Antony mean by saying that his men have "shown all Hectors" and why is this significant?
6. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?
7. In what way are the places of the two armies shown to be exchanged in Act 4, Scene 8?
8. What purpose does Act 4, Scene 3 serve, with its interlude of unnamed, minor characters?
9. What is revealed by Antony's immediate blame of Cleopatra for the surrender of his fleet?
10. What attitude grips Antony and his soldiers in Act 4, Scene 7?
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
In the third act of the play, the fortunes of the two sides of the external conflict are reversed by the machinations of free will. Examine in a thoroughly-developed analytical essay this reversal of fortune. How had the fortunes of Antony and his companions been positively progressing throughout the first few acts of the play? In what way do they regress in the second half? How is this affected in the third act of the play? What particular actions, and of whom, are responsible for the inception of the downfall of the triumvir Antony and in what do they consist?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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