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28 April 2009 Test on Julius Caesar 10 Honors
cast- (Marcus) Brutus, (Caius) Cassius, Caska, Decius (Brutus), Cinna, Metellus Cimber,
Trebonius, Caius Ligarius, Octavius (Caesar, later “Augustus”), Mark Antony, Lepidus,
Calpurnia, Portia, Cicero, Murellus and Flavius, Lucilius, Titinius, Messala,
“Young” Cato, Strato, Pindarus, Varrus and Claudio, Artimedorus
1. Julius Caesar’s friend and top general
2. Man who instigates and helps lead the conspiracy
3. Brutus’ wife, she swallows fire
4. Orator and elder statesman who is not a conspirator. He is killed by Antony and
Octavius anyway.
5. Best friend of Cassius, this man kills himself after crowning Cassius’ body.
6. Two tribunes “put to silence” for pulling decorations off of statues of Caesar.
7. A conspirator and friend of Caesar who convinces him to go to the Senate.
8. Cassius’ slave, he kills Cassius when asked to.
9. One of Brutus’ officers who impersonates Brutus on the battlefield.
10. Third member of the “triumvirate” with Antony and Octavius.
Short Answer:
11. What are the people doing which angers Flavius and Murellus? Why does this make
them angry? What are two things that they do to correct this problem? Casca later
reveals that as punishment, Caesar has done what to Flavius and Murellus?
12. What are two things done to convince Brutus to join the conspiracy? Why is it
important to the conspirators that he join them? Why is he reluctant and why does
he ultimately join?
13. Why do the conspirators want Cicero to join them? Why does Brutus reject
including Cicero? Why does Cassius want to kill Antony? Why does Brutus say the
conspirators should not do this?
14. What are three unusual signs or omens in Rome on the night of March 14th? How
does Cassius interpret these?
15. What are three mistakes made by Caesar on the morning of March 15th? How would
history have been different if he had not made one or two of these?
16. How does Antony act towards the conspirators immediately after the murder of
Caesar? When he is alone, how does his reaction appear to change? What is one
prediction he makes here that comes true?
17. How do the people react to the funeral speech given by Brutus? What are two things
they want to do for Brutus?
18. What are three things Antony does in his speech to make the people love Caesar
again? How does he refer to the conspirators? How do the people react to this
19. Why does Portia kill herself? What means does she use and what does this say
about her? How does Brutus react to the news of his wife’s death? What does this
say about him?
20. Before marching to Phillipi, Brutus and Cassius have an argument. What does Brutus
criticize Cassius for doing? According to Brutus, how has Cassius wronged him?
What is ironic about Brutus’ accusation?
21. What ominous sign has Cassius seen before the battle of Phillipi? Why is the day of
the battle particularly significant for Cassius?
What are three things done by either Julius or Octavius Caesar that seem tyrannical?
What positive qualities do they have?
During the battle, what horrible mistake does Cassius make based on Pindarus’
report? As a result of this misunderstanding, what happens to Cassius and to
What overture of peace has Octavius Caesar made to Brutus’ men? What reasons
does he have for doing this?
Why does Brutus commit suicide and what does Antony say about him afterwards?
1. Why do the conspirators dip their hands in Caesar’s blood and walk the streets?
2. Describe the action of the battle of Phillipi. Historically, what is being decided
3. What arguments have Antony and Octavian had which might lead one to believe
that Antony and Octavian might eventually fight each other?
Essay- write essay #1 then write EITHER #2 or #3:
1. Rome was a tightly regulated Republic with an ancient history and clearly
delineated laws by the time Julius Caesar was proclaimed “dictator” in 47 BC. So
what events and actions in Rome’s past set precedents which allowed for or
contributed to the acceptability of Caesar’s illeagal refusal to surrender his
command, his march on Rome, and his subsequent seizure of power (and then, in
44 BC, of his murder on the floor of the Senate)?
2. Marcus Brutus might be “the noblest Roman of them all,” but he seems to lack
good judgment. Talk about Brutus’ overall pattern of making errors or
miscalculations, which eventually leads to his own death and those of all of the
other conspirators (discuss at least three mistakes).
3. How does Shakespeare portray the common people in this play? How does this
portrayal make you as a reader feel about the actions of the conspirators? Of the
actions of Julius Caesar?