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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. Upon what does Antony say he will look in line 9 of Act 4's tenth scene?
2. Whom does Caesar send to speak to Cleopatra after hearing of Antony's death?
3. Who is it revealed has deserted Antony in Act 4?
4. How does Antony kiss Cleopatra before departing for battle near Alexandria?
5. Of what animal of Thessaly does Cleopatra speak?
Short Essay Questions
1. What purpose does Act 4, Scene 3 serve, with its interlude of unnamed, minor characters?
2. What is indicated by Cleopatra's refusal to come down to Antony in Act 4, Scene 15?
3. What effect on Antony's disposition does the desertion by Enobarbus have?
4. What does Antony say will happen to Cleopatra if she does not vanish after his fleet has betrayed him?
5. In what way are the places of the two armies shown to be exchanged in Act 4, Scene 8?
6. What does Enobarbus reveal about Caesar in Act 4, Scene 6?
7. How does Caesar gain an advantage by holding his land forces still?
8. To what end does Cleopatra commit herself, and why, after Antony has died?
9. What is meant by Charmian's statement that "The soul and body rive not more in parting / Than greatness going off"?
10. How does Antony react to the desertion by Enobarbus?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
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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