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In which tense does the questions of julius caesar need to be answered and why?

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vishal | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 9, 2007 at 12:59 PM via web

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In which tense does the questions of julius caesar need to be answered and why?

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jilllessa | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 9, 2007 at 11:36 PM (Answer #1)

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Literature questions should usually be answered in the present tense because it is always present to the characters in the story.

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blacksheepunite | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 12, 2007 at 9:25 AM (Answer #2)

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Literature questions are answered in the present because literature is considered art, and one always speaks of art in the present tense to acknowledge that it is "alive". Or at least, it speaks to us as if it were, and its relevance spans generations. Even if the author of a text is long dead, the words and actions happen in an eternal present.

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