The Memoirs of Cleopatra: A Novel Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Margaret George
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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. Caesar declares that all prisoners ___________________ after the triumphal march.

2. Why does Caesar say he will not divorce Calpurnia?

3. How is Cleopatra received by the people of Rome?

4. How does Cleopatra gain entry into Caesar's room?

5. Why does Cleopatra think that Caesar has brought her to Rome?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Cleopatra have second thoughts about her visit to Rome?

2. Why does Cleopatra feel so vulnerable regarding her personal relationship with Caesar?

3. Under what circumstances does Cleopatra meet Julius Caesar?

4. How does Caesar's wife, Calpurnia, deal with Caesar's extramarital indiscretions?

5. What details does the author reveal about Caesar's death?

6. What is the nature of Caesar's will regarding his heir?

7. How is Berenice executed and what involvement does the family have?

8. Why is Cleopatra especially concerned that Caesar is considering more military campaigns into the Parthians and India?

9. What is Cleopatra's relationship with the Younger Ptolemy and how can his pleasant demeanor be explained?

10. How does Cleopatra trick Caesar into a marriage ceremony at Philae?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Cleopatra was no stranger to hurt and pain. From what you know of Cleopatra's life through this book, what were her biggest sorrows and worst betrayals? How did she manage through them? How did her coping skills evidence themselves in many aspects of her life? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Margaret George is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphor, and irony, and briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of Marc Antony. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were some of his negative characteristics? What were his hopes and fears? What motivated him throughout his life?

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