Julius Caesar Quiz

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Julius Caesar Quizzes & Trivia
This quiz is designed to assess the first half of a Unit on William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The quiz is worth a total of 25 points (multiple choice - 1pt each & essay question - 5pts).

  
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  • 1. 
    Why do Flavius and Marullus demand that the decorations be removed from the statues in the opening scene?
    • A. 

      They were trying to stop the Feast of Lupercal.

    • B. 

      They did not want the people to celebrate Caesar.

    • C. 

      They were allergic to the flowers.

    • D. 

      They were trying to punish the Roman commoners.


  • 2. 
    What message does the Soothsayer give to Julius Caesar?
    • A. 

      Beware the Ides of March.

    • B. 

      Beware the conspiracy.

    • C. 

      Beware the Ides of May.

    • D. 

      Beware Brutus and Cassius.


  • 3. 
    After Caesar refuses to accept the crown offered by Antony, what physical weakness of Caesar's is revealed to both the crowd and the readers?
    • A. 

      Blindness

    • B. 

      Diabetes

    • C. 

      Epilepsy

    • D. 

      Chronic Fevers


  • 4. 
    Which of the following unusual scenes was NOT witnessed by Casca in scene III of Act I?
    • A. 

      A man whose left hand was on fire but did not burn

    • B. 

      A lion at the Capitol that looked at him but did not attack

    • C. 

      One-hundred frightened women who saw men on fire walking the streets

    • D. 

      A serpent breathing fire in the marketplace


  • 5. 
    What is the purpose of the notes Cassius sent with Cinna at the end of Act I?
    • A. 

      To remind Caesar to meet at the Capitol

    • B. 

      To assure Brutus that plans for the conspiracy were in place

    • C. 

      To convince Brutus that the Roman people needed him to join the conspiracy

    • D. 

      To warn Caesar about Brutus' betrayal


  • 6. 
    Which character describes Caesar as "a serpent's egg," which should be "killed in the shell"?
    • A. 

      Brutus

    • B. 

      Casca

    • C. 

      Cassius

    • D. 

      Flavius


  • 7. 
    Choose the letter beside the words that correctly fill in the blanks. "__________ die many times before their deaths; the __________ never taste of death but once."
    • A. 

      Peasants, wealthy

    • B. 

      The weak, strong

    • C. 

      Cowards, wise

    • D. 

      Cowards, valiant


  • 8. 
    Calphurnia has a terrible nightmare in Act II, Scene II. What happens in the nightmare?
    • A. 

      Calphurnia enters the Capitol and finds Caesar lying in his own blood.

    • B. 

      Caesar's statue spouts blood, and Romans smile as they bathe their hands in it.

    • C. 

      Senators sit around a coffin laughing jubilantly. Inside the coffin is the body of Caesar.

    • D. 

      The ghost of Pompey returns to announce the death of Julius Caesar.


  • 9. 
    Who convinces Casear to go to the Capitol?
    • A. 

      Calphurnia

    • B. 

      Brutus

    • C. 

      Decius

    • D. 

      Antony


  • 10. 
    What does Artemidorus write in his letter to Caesar?
    • A. 

      Praise for his great success

    • B. 

      A request for help

    • C. 

      An update on a personal matter

    • D. 

      A warning about the conspiracy


  • 11. 
    Which character has "a man's mind, but a woman's might"?
    • A. 

      Portia

    • B. 

      Caesar

    • C. 

      Cassius

    • D. 

      Calphurnia


  • 12. 
    Which man is assigned the task of stabbing Caesar first?
    • A. 

      Casca

    • B. 

      Cinna

    • C. 

      Cassius

    • D. 

      Cicero


  • 13. 
    In Caesar's final speech before the assassination, he compares himself to which of the following?
    • A. 

      A mighty lion

    • B. 

      A golden scepter

    • C. 

      The northern star

    • D. 

      The Roman god, Jupiter


  • 14. 
    Which words were used to alert the conspirators that the time had come to strike?
    • A. 

      "The time is come!"

    • B. 

      "Speak hands for me!"

    • C. 

      "Free Rome from tyranny!"

    • D. 

      "Raise your daggers!"


  • 15. 
    What is the name of Brutus' young servant boy?
    • A. 

      Lucilius

    • B. 

      Pindarus

    • C. 

      Lucius

    • D. 

      Portia


  • 16. 
    Which of the following scenarios is used by Cassius to convince Brutus that Caesar is not as great as everyone seems to think he is.
    • A. 

      Caesar's "falling sickness" might result in an episode at a critical time for the Roman people.

    • B. 

      Caesar once lied to gain great wealth by dishonorable means.

    • C. 

      Caesar has a history of treating his wife very poorly.

    • D. 

      Caesar once cried like a girl when he was ill.


  • 17. 
    At the Feast of Lupercal, Caesar says, "Forget not, in your speed, Antonius, to touch Calphurnia." Why does he say this?
    • A. 

      Antony is in love with Calphurnia, and Caesar is trying to play matchmaker between the two of them.

    • B. 

      Calphurnia is a part of the game, and Antony cannot possibly win the race unless he touches her.

    • C. 

      It is believed that a barren woman touched in the race will become fertile, and Calphurnia has not yet given birth to an heir.

    • D. 

      Calphurnia is believed to bring good luck to the racers, and Caesar wants Antony to do well.


  • 18. 
    Brutus loves ____________ more than he fears death.
    • A. 

      Portia

    • B. 

      Money

    • C. 

      Caesar

    • D. 

      Honor


  • 19. 
    How many times was the crown offered to Caesar by Antony?
    • A. 

      2 times

    • B. 

      3 times

    • C. 

      5 times

    • D. 

      1 time


  • 20. 
    Who convinces Brutus to join the conspiracy?
    • A. 

      Cassius

    • B. 

      Portia

    • C. 

      Casca

    • D. 

      Antony


  • 21. 
    Brutus spends much of the first half of this play torn between love for his friend, Caesar, and love for his country, Rome. Did Brutus make the right decision between the two? Please answer this question in a short essay. Your essay should have at least three paragraphs: an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Remember, your opinion should be supported by three main points, and those points should then be supported by details and/or quotes from the text. You may use your books for this part of the quiz.

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