The Memoirs of Cleopatra: A Novel Test | Mid-Book 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. What element of Roman life intrigues Cleopatra when she tours the city?

2. What news does Cleopatra have for Caesar?

3. Cleopatra is encouraged about Ptolemy's health because he wants to _________________.

4. What do Cleopatra and Caesarion see for the first time in Rome?

5. To what does Caesar change Arinsoe's sentence?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What traumatic event in Cleopatra's life begins the novel?

3. What are Cleopatra's thoughts regarding a Messiah based on talks with Epaphroditus?

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 Cleopatra manipulate Caesar into publicly acknowledging Caesarion?

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

7. What is Caesar's reaction to seeing his son for the first time?

8. Why does Cleopatra hire Epaphroditus?

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

10. What was it about Caesar's character that Cleopatra capitalized on in order to entice him?

Essay Topics

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

Compare and contrast Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. What are their roles within the story? Why is Cleopatra attracted to both of these men? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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