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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 leads Antony away from the Senate House on the day of Caesar's assassination?

2. Who was Pompey before the civil war?

3. Where is the person who is waiting for Caesar on the day of his assassination standing when he leaves his house?

4. What was the crowd's response to the last question Brutus asks after Caesar's assassination?

5. What happens to Caesar as Cassius and Brutus have their private discussion during the celebration in Act 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lucius find in Brutus' study that convinces Brutus to join the conspiracy?

2. Why does Caesar want Antony to strike his wife with a thong of goatskin?

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

4. Why does Caesar decide to wait to read the letter from Artemidorus?

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

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

7. Why does Calpurnia disagree with Caesar's statement that all the bad omens she has seen could be meant for anyone in Rome?

8. What does Casca think all the bad omens in Rome are an indication of?

9. What does Metellus ask of Caesar just before he is assassinated?

10. What does the crowd chant after Brutus offers himself up for crucifixion for the assassination of Caesar?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Power was a major theme of this play. Where did this theme manifest itself, and what characters were most affected by it?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Caesar was killed because of his lack of concern for the many warnings he received. What were these warnings, and why was Caesar so deaf to them?

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