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. Why is Brutus not running in the same race that Antony is at the celebration for?

2. Which of these bad omens in Act 2, Scene 2 has Calpurnia NOT seen?

3. What does the man waiting for Caesar to leave his house say about virtue?

4. What was Calpurnia's dream about Caesar the night before his assassination?

5. Who is the second person to speak to the crowd after Caesar's assassination?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the first thing Marc Antony and Octavius do when they meet together after Caesar's assassination?

3. In Act 1, Scene 3, why is Caesar so surprised when more senators join Metullus's cause after Brutus has already been denied?

4. What has Caesar deemed worth of a celebration at the beginning of the play?

5. What do Cassius and Brutus do as they see the crowd turning against them during Marc Antony's eulogy for Caesar?

6. Why are the people so happy to see Caesar reject the crown as Emperor of Rome?

7. What does the mob do to Cinna the poet when they hear his name?

8. In Act 4, Scene 4, why does Brutus say he was so easily angered by Cassius?

9. Who accompanies Lucius to Brutus' army camp?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fear is a common theme in this book that is presented a number of times by various characters. Describe instances in which fear is shown by the characters in the play and discuss the ways in which it affected the characters.

Essay Topic 2

How does Brutus validate his involvement in Caesar's assassination, and what does this imply about Brutus' character?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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