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 is Caesar's reaction when he sees his son?

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

3. What is the river that runs through Alexandria?

4. There is an uprising with Arisonoe and ______________ at its heart.

5. Which of the following is NOT a pastime Cleopatra indulged in with Mardian?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has the love affair between Antony and Cleopatra proved to be detrimental to each of them?

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

3. Why does Cleopatra dislike the public displays and entertainment at a particular celebration honoring Caesar?

4. What is one reason that Marc Antony wants Cleopatra to come to Rome?

5. How does the author use the technique of foreshadowing when telling about the wise, old man who is bitten by an asp and dies?

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

7. How is Antony's power diminished due to his desire to divorce Octavia and be with Cleopatra?

8. Why does Cleopatra take offense to something Mardian says regarding Cleopatra's need to re-marry?

9. What are Octavian's plans for taking Cleopatra to Rome after Antony's death?

10. Why does Cleopatra become fast friends with Olympos and Mardian?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author used more than one iteration on the theme of loss. Identify at least two examples about loss in the book and then explain why the examples support the theme.

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

There are several events of foreshadowing in THE MEMOIRS OF CLEOPATRA. Define foreshadowing. Cite at least two situations in the story that serve as foreshadowing.

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