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. Upon what does Antony say he will look in line 9 of Act 4's tenth scene?

2. What is the "rumor" about of which the Second Soldier speaks in Act 4, Scene 3?

3. Who accompanies Antony into his camp in Act 4, Scene 5?

4. Who is it revealed has deserted Antony in Act 4?

5. Whose of Caesar's does Antony insist alone is worthy of trust?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Enobarbus after his speech in Act 4, Scene 9?

2. What does Enobarbus reveal about Caesar in Act 4, Scene 6?

3. What does Antony say will happen to Cleopatra if she does not vanish after his fleet has betrayed him?

4. In what way are the places of the two armies shown to be exchanged in Act 4, Scene 8?

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

6. What characterizes Enobarbus' speech which he calls upon the moon to witness?

7. For what reason does Caesar seek to preserve the life of Cleopatra after hearing that Antony has died?

8. How does Antony behave towards his servants before the battle at Alexandria?

9. Why does Cleopatra tell Mardian to inform Antony that she has died?

10. How does Antony react to the desertion by Enobarbus?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

A dominant means of exposition and plot movement in the play is through the unseen but contextually described battles. Being careful to read out from the play and not into the play, explicate the significance of the battles at Actium and Alexandria, analyzing in what ways the various victories and defeats occur and what the significance of each is. Who wins the battle? How does he win the battle? What are the consequences of the battle being won? What is revealed about the various involved characters through their reactions to the conclusions of the various battles?

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

As a constant companion of Mark Antony, Enobarbus often serves as a foil against which Antony's greatness and tragic decline are set. Thus, compose an insightful analytical essay that examines the character of Enobarbus as he helps to expose Antony's character. What sort of man is Enobarbus? What characterizes his actions? How does such a character help to demonstrate Antony's character? What does Enobarbus's tragic end help the audience to see regarding Antony? What is the significance of Enobarbus's soliloquy in Act 4, Scene 9?

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