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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 say his men have all proved themselves in Act 4, Scene 8?
2. Where does Enobarbus seek to die?
3. Whom does Caesar send to Antony to implore him to surrender in the first scene of the final act?
4. To whose "prepared nails" does Antony refer?
5. Whom does Caesar send to accompany the speaker sent to Cleopatra in the first part of the final act?
Short Essay Questions
1. What effect on Antony's disposition does the desertion by Enobarbus have?
2. For what reason does Caesar seek to preserve the life of Cleopatra after hearing that Antony has died?
3. In what way is Antony's disposition towards the battle at Alexandria changed on the second day?
4. Why does Caesar insist upon being still with his land forces on the second day of Battle at Alexandria?
5. How does Caesar gain an advantage by holding his land forces still?
6. To what end does Cleopatra commit herself, and why, after Antony has died?
7. How does Antony behave towards his servants before the battle at Alexandria?
8. How does the news of Cleopatra's death affect Antony's actions?
9. In what way are the places of the two armies shown to be exchanged in Act 4, Scene 8?
10. How does Antony react to the desertion by Enobarbus?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Of all Cleopatra's many unique character traits, none is perhaps as efficacious on the action and plot of the story as her vanity. In a well-written essay, analyze the cataclysm that is caused by her vain pursuits. In what instances does she show her vanity? How does it affect characters and their actions? What sparks her vain tendencies? What is the evident moral consequence of indulging one's own vanity, as demonstrated by Cleopatra?
Essay Topic 2
Compose a carefully crafted and well-planned analytical essay on the character of Mark Antony. As the story's protagonist, he is regarded as an extraordinary man whose life ends in exceptional calamity and disintegration. What are his principal character traits? In what ways does Antony stand out from the rest of the characters in the story? How do these contribute to his being an extraordinary man? What affects his downfall? What characterizes the disintegration of Antony's life? How does Antony's life drive the lives of others and the plot of the story? What way of life does Antony represent?
Essay Topic 3
Though not an antagonist in the traditional sense of the word, Cleopatra acts as a catalyst for the internal conflict that contributes to Mark Antony's disintegration. This makes Cleopatra a somewhat unique character in literature. Compose an analytical essay that examines the peculiarities of her character, including how they affect Antony, but focusing principally on Cleopatra. What characterizes her personality? What traits does she habitually evince in the play? What are her motivations throughout the play? Does her behavior, by the final act, change from how she comports herself in the play's first act?
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