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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 arrives and claims that the enemy is beaten and his side's advantage serves for "a fair victory" in the seventh scene of the fourth act?
2. How many times will Antony reward Scarus for his "spritely comfort"?
3. With whom has Antony's most recent deserter been discovered in Act 4, Scene 5?
4. Who brings a basket to Cleopatra?
5. Upon what does Antony say he will look in line 9 of Act 4's tenth scene?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens to Enobarbus after his speech in Act 4, Scene 9?
2. Why does Cleopatra tell Mardian to inform Antony that she has died?
3. How does Antony react to the desertion by Enobarbus?
4. Why does Cleopatra feign submission to Caesar at the end of the play?
5. What does Enobarbus reveal about Caesar in Act 4, Scene 6?
6. How does Cleopatra envision her shaming in Rome if she is taken there as a captive?
7. How does the news of Cleopatra's death affect Antony's actions?
8. What is meant by Charmian's statement that "The soul and body rive not more in parting / Than greatness going off"?
9. How has the battle gone so far, in Act 4, Scene 7?
10. How does Antony behave towards his servants before the battle at Alexandria?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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