Antony and Cleopatra Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 Antony foreshadow by telling Eros that they must sleep, after Mardian delivers news of Cleopatra's death?

2. What does Cleopatra say she will give to Scarus for his valor?

3. Who arrives to announce Antony's death to Caesar?

4. To what spurned suicidal lover of Roman lore does Antony refer?

5. What does Agrippa command his men to do in Act 4, Scene 7?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What attitude grips Antony and his soldiers in Act 4, Scene 7?

5. How does Cleopatra comport herself towards Antony in Act 4, Scene 4?

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

7. What characterizes the reactions of those present in Act 4, Scene 1, to the news of Antony's death?

8. What is revealed by Antony's immediate blame of Cleopatra for the surrender of his fleet?

9. What is revealed about the Roman attitude towards death in Act 4, Scene 14?

10. Why does Caesar insist upon being still with his land forces on the second day of Battle at Alexandria?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A seldom explicitly mentioned theme throughout the play is the fidelity and infidelity of minor characters despite maltreatment and disregard for their more fundamental rights. Thoughtfully explicate this theme in a well-developed essay. How do the various minor characters demonstrate their fidelity and to whom? For what reasons do the characters evidently remain loyal? Contrariwise, which characters forsake their obligations to fidelity, and for what reasons are they motivated to do so? What do these various relationships of disparate levels of fidelity indicate about the fundamental human tendencies regarding loyalty?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout Antony and Cleopatra's stormy relationship in the play, it is shown that their love is always a hair's-breadth away from becoming hate, and vice-versa. In a well-developed analytical essay, examine the nature of Antony and Cleopatra's relationship insofar as it alternates from one extreme to another. What propels the characters to launch from one condition to another? How is hate assuaged and love incited? In what way are the two conditions similarly portrayed?

Essay Topic 3

The tragic conclusion of Antony and Cleopatra is somewhat mitigated by the portrayal and evident Roman perception of the nobility of suicide. By carefully developing a well-structured essay, analyze the reasons behind the Roman view of suicide and explicate how this effects the conclusion of the play. What is significant about the various characters ending their own lives? How does such action alter the ending of the play? What is the fundamental correlation between death and nobility? Upon what principles is the Roman conception of suicide in the face of being conquered as noble founded? Be sure to explicate through examples from the text.

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