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Friday, 26 February 2010

ICSE English Literature in English: Julius Caesar Revision Test #26022010

Literature in English: Julius Caesar 
Time: One Hour Max Marks: 50 Marks
Question 1
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
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

  1. When does Cassius speak these words? Whom is he referring to in the second line?

  2. What is the purpose of these writings? Where does he want these to be thrown in?

  3. What effect is produced on this person when he reads it?
  4. Explain the meaning of " several hands" and "obscurely"
  5. What aspect of Cassius' character do the above words illustrate?
  6. Give two methods used by Cassius to win over Brutus.

Question 2
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
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.

  1. "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?

  2. 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?
  3. Give the meaning: "And, since the quarrel/ Will bear no colour for the thing he is / Fashion it thus."
  4. What is meant by augmented? How can Caesar be augmented? How had there already been an attempt to augment him?
  5. To whom is a serpent's egg compared? What does Brutus want to communicate by using comparison of a serpent's egg
  6. What price would Brutus pay later by preventing a "serpent's egg" from being hatched?
Question 3
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow:
O pardon me thou bleeding piece of earth
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers,
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tides of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds do I now prophesy.
  1. Where is Antony at this time? Relate briefly how he came there.
  2. Who is bleeding piece of earth ? Why is that person referred so?
  3. Who are butchers? Why are they called so? What do we understand when Antony calls these people butchers?
  4. Later Antony in his oration use Caesar's body to achieve his purpose. What was his purpose and how does he use Caesar's body?
  5. When and how was Antony meek and gentle with these butchers? Why? What do you think of Antony at this stage?
  6. What did Antony prophesy? Did the prophesy come true? How?  

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