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Type: Multiple-Choice
Category: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Level: Grade 10
Tags: Critical Reading
Author: lewisela
Created: 8 years ago

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Grade 10 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

According to the following passage and text aids from Act I, scene ii, what is the significance of saying that Caesar is “like a Colossus”?

[135] CASSIUS. Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus(45), and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs and peep about
To find ourselves dishonorable(46) graves.
                                                                             
45.Colossus: gigantic statue of Apollo, a god of Greek and Roman mythology, which was set at the entrance to the harbor of Rhodes and was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
46.dishonorable: shameful (because they will not be of free men)
                                                                             
  1. Cassius is suggesting that a statue of Caesar be made with huge features.
  2. Cassius is recognizing that Caesar may become a mythical figure, like Apollo.
  3. Cassius is comparing Caesar’s power and importance to that of the god Apollo.
  4. Cassius is suggesting that Caesar has the pettiness of most men.
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