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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. What does Marullus tell the people in the streets to do at the beginning of the play?

2. What does Caesar say would make him a coward after Calpurnia tells him her worries in Act 2, Scene 2?

3. What does Flavius think the civil unrest will do to Rome?

4. What does Caesar do when the conspirators all come to escort him to the Senate House in Act 2, Scene 2?

5. What does Brutus say Caesar would have done to the people of Rome had he been allowed to live?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Artemidorus's occupation?

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

4. According to Marullus, who did the people used to honor before Caesar won their hearts?

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

6. Who is the first person to stab Caesar?

7. Why does Portia send Lucius to the Senate House on the day of Caesar's assassination?

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

9. What has Caesar done to every legitimate warning he has heard about his impending death?

10. What does Caesar do when the conspirators come to his house to escort him to the Senate House on the day of his assassination?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many characters in this plot showed their dual natures. What are some of the instances of this duality of man, and how does it affect the people associated with it?

Essay Topic 2

Honor is a very important theme in this play. How did this thirst for honor influence the actions of the main 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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