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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. Who accompanies Antony in Act 4, Scene 10?
2. Who accompanies Antony at the outset of Act 4, Scene 12?
3. Who brings news to Antony that Cleopatra is not dead?
4. Who enters the stage bleeding in Act 4, Scene 7?
5. What does Antony compare to the spirit of a youth who "means to be of note," in Act 4, Scene 4?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the sudden music expose within the soldiers of Antony before the battle at Alexandria?
2. In what way are the places of the two armies shown to be exchanged in Act 4, Scene 8?
3. What attitude grips Antony and his soldiers in Act 4, Scene 7?
4. For what reason does Caesar seek to preserve the life of Cleopatra after hearing that Antony has died?
5. Why does Enobarbus say he will seek out a ditch in which he may die?
6. What characterizes Enobarbus' speech which he calls upon the moon to witness?
7. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?
8. What is revealed by Antony's immediate blame of Cleopatra for the surrender of his fleet?
9. To what end does Cleopatra commit herself, and why, after Antony has died?
10. What is meant by Charmian's statement that "The soul and body rive not more in parting / Than greatness going off"?
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 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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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