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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 happens to Cleopatra after Antony's death, in Act 4, Scene 15?

2. What is an appropriate synonym for "appointment" as used in line 8 of Act 4, Scene 10?

3. How many times will Antony reward Scarus for his "spritely comfort"?

4. Of what does Caesar say the death of Antony should have made a greater?

5. What does Enobarbus throw against the "flint and hardness" of his fault, figuratively speaking?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Cleopatra tell Mardian to inform Antony that she has died?

3. How has the battle gone so far, in Act 4, Scene 7?

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

5. What characterizes Enobarbus' speech which he calls upon the moon to witness?

6. What does Antony mean by saying that his men have "shown all Hectors" and why is this significant?

7. What purpose does Act 4, Scene 3 serve, with its interlude of unnamed, minor characters?

8. How does Caesar gain an advantage by holding his land forces still?

9. In what way is Antony's disposition towards the battle at Alexandria changed on the second day?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Act 3, Scenes 10 through 13, Antony is unveiled as being shamed and enraged to the point of violence by that shame. Having fled battle, shown himself to appear a coward, and having his woman enticed by a servant of his enemy, Antony is overcome with emotional discord. By formulating an insightful essay, examine the inherent relationship between shame, anger, and violence, as it is portrayed in Antony and Cleopatra. In what scenes does the relationship become evident? How does it become evident? What motivates Antony, or any other characters for whom you can find examples, to feelings of shame? How is this shame related to anger and/or violence?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the play, Caesar uses many incidents and faults of others to his own advantage. Although not the philosophy promoted in the 18th century, this is nonetheless an evaluation of people and objects based on their utility, and thus a form of utilitarianism. Compose an analytical essay that evaluates Caesar's methods of evaluating others. In what ways does Caesar put to use other people, objects, incidents, situations, or human faults? Upon what basis does he reward or punish individuals? What is the moral significance of such a method of evaluation? What is problematic about using others as a means to one's own end?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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