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Julius Caesar Test

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I. True- False:

  • A soothsayer warns Caesar to beware the Ides of March.
  • Even before the conspiracy against Caesar, Brutus appears to be disturbed by fears that Caesar means to become King.
  • Caesar accepts the crown from Antony the third time it was offered.
  • Cassius forges letters encouraging rebellion against Caesar and has them planted in Brutus’ house.
  • Brutus is drawn into the orbit of the conspiracy as a result of his personal hatred for Caesar.
  • Brutus rules against the assassination of Mark Antony on the grounds that Antony is just a ladies’ man and no real threat.
  • The night before the Ides of March is a stormy one, full of superstitious sign and omens. Calpurnia convinces Caesar that, for her sake, he should go to the Senate. Calpurnia’s dream of people washing their hands in Caesar’s blood comes true. Artemidorus warns Caesar about the plot, but Caesar never reads the letter.
  • When he learns that Mark Antony is among the conspirators, Caesar’s resistance to his assassins collapses.
  • Brutus gives permission to Mark Antony to deliver a funeral oration for Caesar, even though Cassius disagrees about this.
  • In his funeral oration, Antony repeatedly says that Brutus is an ambitious man.
  • The triumvirate of Antony, Octavious and Lepidus is responsible for the deaths of about seventy senators.
  • Brutus accuses Cassius and his followers of taking bribes.
  • Brutus admittes that part of his anger with Cassius comes from his sorrow at the recent news of Portia’s suicide.
  • The ghost of Caesar appears to Brutus to inform him that they would meet again in Philippi.
  • Cassius takes his own life, aided by Pindarus, because he believes that he has sent Titinius to his capture by the enemy.
  • Brutus is killed in a duel with Mark Antony.
  • Mark Antony gives vent to his violent hatred of Caesar’s assassins by cursing the dead body of Brutus.

II. Multiple Choice:

  • “Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look” means a. Cassius is undernourished b. Cassius is homeless c. Cassius is dissatisfied
  • “O, Let us have him, for his silver hairs Will purchase us good opinion And buy men’s voices to commend our deeds” means, a. His silver will bring a good price b. His age will win public approval for us c. A reward is being offered for his capture d. public opinion can be bought for silver
  • “Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself Are much condemned to have an itching palm To sell and mart your offices for gold To undeservers.” In this passage, a. Brutus discusses Cassius’ skin allergy b. Brutus condemns Cassius to death and prepares to execute him c. Brutus tells Cassius to calm down and not be so impulsive in dealing with undeserving soldiers d. Brutus accuses Cassius of taking bribes
  • “. . . But were I Brutus . . .(I) / Would ruffle up your spirits, and put a tongue / In every wound of Caesar that should move / The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny.” This passage means: a. the conspirators should be stoned to death b. Caesar, like stones, should rise from the dead to avenge the injury c. Brutus’ eloquence could be great enough to make everyone mutiny d. Caesar’s wounds spoke

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Objective test on Julius Caesar--with true-false, matching, multiple choice, and quotation identification