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Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Caesar says, “Cowards die many times before their deaths: / The valiant never
taste of death but once” (Act II, Scene ii, ll. 32–33). What is the best interpretation
of these lines?
  1. Death is inevitable, but fear is a choice.
  2. A coward is more likely to be killed.
  3. No one can kill a valiant person.
  4. Cowards should be put to death.
Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Why does Calpurnia urge Caesar not to go to the Senate?
  1. She has heard rumors of the conspiracy.
  2. She has had dreams that have made her ill.
  3. She believes her dreams are bad omens.
  4. She is uncertain of what the Senate might do.
Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Where does Shakespeare use blank verse in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar?
  1. for most speeches by major characters
  2. for rhyming all dramatic lines
  3. for all speeches by minor characters
  4. for monologues that begin each act
Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
What is the best paraphrase of the following lines?
What watchful cares do interpose themselves
Betwixt your eyes and night? (Act II, Scene i, ll. 98–99)
  1. What watchful eyes are spying on you this night?
  2. What worries are keeping you awake on this night?
  3. What cares do you have concerning your eyes this night?
  4. What worries do you have about what is happening tonight?
Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
At the beginning of Act II, why does Shakespeare have Brutus ask his servant what day it is?
  1. to show the audience that Roman servants manipulated their masters
  2. to show the audience how much Brutus depends on his servant for information
  3. to make sure the audience knows this is the day the soothsayer warned about
  4. to make sure the audience knows that nothing bad will happen that day
Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Which of the following statements best paraphrases these lines?
If these be motives weak, break off betimes,
And every man hence to his idle bed. (Act II, Scene i, ll. 116–117)
  1. If these are weak reasons, let us go home to bed and act later in the day.
  2. If these weak reasons become weaker, let us wait and think of more.
  3. If these reasons are not strong enough, let us take a break from talking.
  4. If these reasons are not strong enough, let us call off the plot and go home.
Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Why does Decius tell Caesar that the Senate has decided to offer Caesar the crown?
  1. He is hoping, based on dreams, of being second-in-command,
  2. He is guessing based on rumors he has heard in the Senate.
  3. He is pretending in order to help Calpurnia calm down.
  4. He is lying in order to further the conspirators’ plot.
Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
What decision does Brutus make against Cassius’ wishes?
  1. the decision to avoid killing Marc Antony
  2. the decision to avoid killing the soothsayer
  3. the decision to avoid kidnapping Calpurnia
  4. the decision to avoid involving Portia
Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
At the end of Act I, Scene ii, what plan does Cassius describe?
  1. He describes a plan to trick Brutus by throwing anonymous notes into his window.
  2. He describes a plan to trick Caesar by pretending to serve him faithfully.
  3. He describes a plan to encourage Brutus to gather an army against Caesar.
  4. He describes a plan to encourage Casca to persuade Caesar to resign.
Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Based on Brutus’ reaction to Cassius in Act I, Scene ii, what may be Brutus’ tragic flaw?
  1. He may be too suspicious.
  2. He may be too trusting.
  3. He may be too brave.
  4. He may be too cowardly.
Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
In Acts I and II, the reports of strange occurrences in Rome create which of the following moods?
  1. exciting, vivid, inspiring
  2. terrifying, bloody, grotesque
  3. mysterious, magical, fantastic
  4. foreboding, ominous, threatening
Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Which of the following actions creates the most suspense in Act II?
  1. Brutus’ confession to Portia
  2. the meeting of the conspirators
  3. the constant sound of rain and thunder
  4. Calpurnia’s warnings to Caesar
Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
In Act I, Scene ii, why does Cassius describe his memory of swimming with Caesar?
  1. to show that Caesar is sincere and proud
  2. to show that Caesar is kind and gentle
  3. to show that Caesar is weak and afraid
  4. to show that Caesar is cruel and mean
Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
In Act I, Scene ii, what does Casca’s description of Caesar’s behavior when he is offered the crown suggest about Caesar’s success?
  1. He owes his success to his family connections and wealth.
  2. He owes his success to his personal heroism and charisma.
  3. He owes his success to the support of a few noblemen.
  4. He owes his success to his manipulation of the masses.
Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
When Brutus says that Caesar’s power may be augmented, what does he mean?
  1. Caesar’s power could decrease.
  2. Caesar’s power could increase.
  3. Caesar’s power could last forever.
  4. Caesar’s power could end suddenly.
Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
What does Cassius do in his conversation with Brutus in Act I, Scene ii?
  1. He praises Caesar in order to win Brutus’ support.
  2. He flatters Brutus in order to win Brutus’ support.
  3. He insults Brutus in order to make him angry.
  4. He questions Brutus in order to understand Caesar.
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