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Sunday, 27 December 2009

Class X Julius Caesar Revision Test I


Class X Julius Caesar
Revision Test I
Time: One Hour Marks: 25


Attempt any two questions. All questions carry equal marks.
Question 1
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Marullus
Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home?
What tributaries follow him to Rome,
To grace in captive bonds his chariot wheels?
You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!
O you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome,
Knew you not Pompey?
a) Who is the speaker of the above extract? To whom is speaking to? What is the  rejoicing referred to? How they are rejoicing?
b) Explain:Wherefore rejoice? What conquest brings he home?

c) What conquest is referred to in the extract? The conqueror has not brought any territory to Rome by his conquest?
d) What is the speakers attitude towards his listeners according to the extract?
e) Explain the following:
i. What tributaries follow him to Rome,
ii. To grace in captive bonds his chariot wheels?
f) Who is with the speaker? What is your opinion about this person.
Question 2
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Cassius
I will this night,
In several hands, in at his window throw,
As if they came from several citizens,
Writings, all tending to the great opinion,
That Rome holds of his name; wherein obscurely
Caesar’s ambition shall be glanced at,
And after this, let Caesar seat him sure;
For we will shake him, or worse days endure
a) When does Cassius speak these words? Whom is he referring to in the second line?
b) What is the purpose of these writings? Where does he want these to be thrown in?
c) What effect is produced on this person when he reads it?
d) Explain the meaning of “ several hands” and “obscurely”
e) What aspect of Cassius’ character do the above words illustrate?
f) Give two methods used by Cassius to win over Brutus.





Question 3
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Brutus
Then, lest he may, prevent. And, since the quarrel
Will bear no colour for the thing he is,
Fashion it thus: that what he is, augmented,
Would run to these and these extremities;
And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg
Which, hatch’d, would, as his kind, grow mischievous,
And kill him in the shell.
a) “ So Caesar may”. What may Caesar do? Your answer must refer to the metaphor of the ladder, used by Brutus in his speech. How does Brutus intend to prevent Caesar from doing so?
b) Who has convinced Brutus to take such a step? What is the motive of Brutus for taking such a decision as expressed in the extract?
c) Give the meaning: “And, since the quarrel/ Will bear no colour for the thing he is / Fashion it thus.”
d) What is meant by augmented? How can Caesar be augmented? How had there already been an attempt to augment him?
e) To whom is a serpent’s egg compared? What does Brutus want to communicate by using comparison of a serpent’s egg
f) What price would Brutus pay later by preventing a “ serpent’s egg” from being hatched?
Question 4
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
Decius
If you shall send them word you will not come,
Their minds may change. Besides, it were a mock
Apt to be render’d, for someone to say
“Break up the Senate till another time,
When Caesar’s wife shall meet with better dreams”.
If Caesar hide himself, shall they not whisper
“Lo, Caesar is afraid”?
a) What had Decius assured Caesar that the Senate were proposing to do on that particular day?
b) When was a similar thing offered and what was the reaction of Caesar at that time?
c) What interpretation had Decius offered to Calphurnia’s dream? What was his motive?
d) Earlier in the play, Cesar himself had expressed, once to Antony and once to
e) Calphurnia, other thoughts on the topic of fear. Describe as closely as you can any one of the things he says about fear.
f) Explain in your own words the meaning of the phrase “it were a mock/ Apt to be render’d. What is revealed of Decius’ character in the passage.

1 comment:

  1. sir,

    Can you please publish the questions for the Julius Caesar revised edition.

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