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. Cleopatra learns that her sister, _______________, is being held in the Tullianum Prison.

2. What is the formal name of Cleopatra's new son?

3. Why does Cleopatra feel vulnerable where Caesar is concerned?

4. How does the elder Ptolemy die?

5. Caesar declares that all prisoners ___________________ after the triumphal march.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are Cleopatra's siblings?

2. Describe some of Cleopatra's childhood activities and what does she think will bring an end to her youthful fun?

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

4. What is the rumor about a law regarding Caesar's marital status?

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

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

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

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

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

10. With what illness is Caesar afflicted?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the book's title. What does the author mean by calling it simply THE MEMOIRS OF CLEOPATRA? What is she trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each one.

Essay Topic 2

THE MEMOIRS OF CLEOPATRA is a classic example of historical fiction. What does that classification entail? Why does this book fit into this category?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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