Julius Caesar 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. Who enters Act 2, Scene 4 just as Lucius leaves for the Senate House on the day of Caesar's assassination?

2. What does Caesar say he is as constant as just before he is stabbed in the Senate House?

3. What does a soothsayer tell Caesar in Act 1, Scene 2?

4. Why was the wound Brutus gave Caesar the worst of them all?

5. What does Caesar first notice when he wakes up on the day of his assassination?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Brutus say he will not be running in the race during the celebration?

2. What does Caesar have done first thing on the morning of his assassination day?

3. What is Artemidorus's occupation?

4. What does a soothsayer say to Caesar during the celebration in Act 1?

5. Why does Brutus feel that killing Marc Antony is an unneeded part of their assassination plot?

6. In Act 1, Scene 3, why is Cicero so unconcerned with the strange happenings in Rome?

7. Why does Brutus refuse to swear an oath with the conspirators?

8. What does Cassius do in Act 1, Scene 3 to get Brutus to join him in the conspiracy?

9. Who does Portia go to for news about the events at the Senate House in Act 2, Scene 4?

10. What does Brutus tell the crowd to look on as he addresses them after Caesar's assassination?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Octavius was a minor character whose presence made a big difference in the plot. How did he accomplish this? What are some ways that his presence- however brief - altered the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if Octavius had not been in the play at all?

Essay Topic 2

What do Cassius and Brutus bicker about throughout the whole play? How does this influence the story's plot?

Essay Topic 3

There are many superstitious beliefs highlighted in this play. What are some of these superstitions, and how did they alter the course of the plot?

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