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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 nationality is Pompey the Great?
2. What do Cleopatra's men do with the two pirates they capture?
3. Why does Cleopatra need help from Olympos?
4. What element of Roman life intrigues Cleopatra when she tours the city?
5. Why is Cleopatra concerned about Caesar launching a campaign against the country in in #32?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Caesar invite Cleopatra to Rome?
2. Why does Cleopatra dislike the public displays and entertainment at a particular celebration honoring Caesar?
3. What does Cleopatra name her new son and how does her husband, Ptolemy accept him?
4. What is the nature of Caesar and Cleopatra's public meetings, and what does Cleopatra find particularly interesting about the city?
5. How does Caesar's wife, Calpurnia, deal with Caesar's extramarital indiscretions?
6. How is Berenice executed and what involvement does the family have?
7. Who are Cleopatra's siblings?
8. Under what circumstances does Cleopatra meet Julius Caesar?
9. How does Cleopatra trick Caesar into a marriage ceremony at Philae?
10. What is Caesar's reaction to seeing his son for the first time?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The author uses more than one iteration on the motif of life-death-life. Identify at least two motifs about life-death-life in the book. Then cite an example to support each answer.
Essay Topic 2
Ambition takes on an almost human persona in this book. What was the source of Cleopatra's, Caesar's and Antony's ambitions? Was she consumed with winning and getting ahead? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.
Essay Topic 3
Describe the overall settings for the story. Why does the author use the settings she does? What is the time period of the story? How important is the time period to the attitudes and issues of the characters?
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