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Sunday, 28 February 2010
ICSE English Literature in English Julius Caesar Revision Test Two
Literature in English Julius Caesar Revision Test Two
You know that you are Brutus that speaks this,
Or, by the gods, this speech were else your last.
The name of Cassius honours this corruption,
And chastisement doth therefore hide his head.
a. Where are Brutus and Cassius at this time? Relate briefly what charge Brutus lays against Cassius.
b. Explain the meaning of Brutus' words.
c. In the argument which continues between these two, Brutus accuses Cassius of other faults. Point out two of these faults, and say how Cassius reacted to these accusations. Do you think Brutus was being fair to Cassius?
d. What sort of corruption is referred to in the extract? What has been the reaction of Cassius, just before this extract, to this accusation?
e. What does the ides of March signify to them? For which purpose did Brutus say that Julius bled 'for justice sake?
f. What is the dramatic importance of this dialogue? In what ways does it influence the subsequent course of action in the play?
Coming from Sardis, on our former ensign
Two mighty eagles fell, and there they perch'd,
Gorging and feeding from our soldiers' hands,
Who to Philippi here consorted us.
This morning are they fled away and gone,
And in their stead do ravens, crows, and kites
Fly o'er our heads, and downward look on us,
As we were sickly prey: their shadows seem
A canopy most fatal, under which
Our army lies, ready to give up the ghost.
Believe not so.
a. Where is Cassius now? What made him come there? Do you think Cassius was a better judge of military matters than Brutus? Give your reasons in brief.
b. In this extract, Cassius narrates something he has seen. What is it? Did he believe in the significance of such things earlier in his life? Why?
c. What did Cassius see on the previous day and on that particular morning? What do these signs signify?
d. Give the meaning of: "As we were watching them shadows seem/ A Canopy most fatal." What do these lines signify?
e. What is your opinion of Cassius at this juncture?
f. Who is Messala? Explain clearly his comment on the death of Cassius
Read the extract given below and answer the questions that follow
This was the noblest Roman of them all;
All the conspirators save only he
Did that they did in envy of great Caesar;
He only, in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them,
His life was gentle, and the elements
So mix’d in him, that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, ‘This was a man!
a. When does Antony speak these words? Who was ‘the noblest Roman of them all” ? Why?
b. Give the meaning of :
He only, in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them.
c. Earlier in the play just a few moments before his death, the person referred to in the extract said that his heart is full of joy and he gets much glory in his life. Why did he say so? Do you agree with him?
d. By preferring to the Elizabethan way of thinking, state in what way was the ‘noblest Roman’ a perfect human being.
e. What does Octavius order with regard to the funeral of the noblest Roman? Does he deserve such a burial? Give a reason to justify your answer.
f. Briefly state how the play propagates the idea that disloyalty and conspiracy do not succeed.
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