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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 alone does Cleopatra say is worthy to conquer Antony?
2. In whose arms does Mark Antony die?
3. How many times will Antony reward Scarus for his "spritely comfort"?
4. 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?
5. To where does Cleopatra go after Antony departs to battle near the city of Alexandria?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Caesar insist upon being still with his land forces on the second day of Battle at Alexandria?
2. What is revealed about the Roman attitude towards death in Act 4, Scene 14?
3. What does the sudden music expose within the soldiers of Antony before the battle at Alexandria?
4. In what way are the places of the two armies shown to be exchanged in Act 4, Scene 8?
5. How has the battle gone so far, in Act 4, Scene 7?
6. What does Antony mean by saying that his men have "shown all Hectors" and why is this significant?
7. What attitude grips Antony and his soldiers in Act 4, Scene 7?
8. What effect on Antony's disposition does the desertion by Enobarbus have?
9. What characterizes the reactions of those present in Act 4, Scene 1, to the news of Antony's death?
10. What is meant by Charmian's statement that "The soul and body rive not more in parting / Than greatness going off"?
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
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 3
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?
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