“The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare
QUIZ ACTS 1 & 2
1. Which of the following is NOT true about what the theater was like during the sixteenth
A. performances were only given during the daytime
B. boys performed female roles
C. descriptive language was used in place of elaborate scenery
D. plays usually lasted for about five hours with an hour intermission
2. Which of the following is NOT true about William Shakespeare?
A. W. Shakespeare did not have a happy marriage which was reflected in his plays
B. W. Shakespeare was formally educated his entire life and went to a prestigious
C. W. Shakespeare made his fortune by his 10% share in the Globe Theater
D. W. Shakespeare died on the same day he was born, April 23
3. Which of the following is NOT true about “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar”?
A. the play is based on historical facts of the life of the dictator Julius Caesar
B. the focus of the play is actually on Brutus and Cassius not Julius Caesar
C. the theme of the play is about betrayal and ambition
D. the setting of the play is Greece
4. Which of the following characters is NOT one of the conspirators?
A. Marcus Brutus
C. Marcus Antony
E. Metellus Cimber
5. Which of the following characters does NOT avenge Caesar’s murder?
A. Marcus Brutus
B. Marcus Antony
6. What happens to Marullus and Flavius for taking down the celebratory decorations on
A. they are banished from the city
B. they are killed
C. they are put in jail for one month
D. they have to pay a fine
7. What does Caesar think will cure Calpurnia from being barren?
A. a touch from Marcus Antony during the race of the Feast of Lupercal
B. a sacrifice to the Gods
C. a special ritual on the Ides of March
D. he believed nothing would cure her
8. What is Caesar’s reaction when the Soothsayer says, “Beware the Ideas of March”?
A. he is nervous and worried because he believes the Soothsayer can foretell the
B. he gets mad that the Soothsayer would dare say such a thing to him
C. he doesn’t pay much attention to him because he thinks the Soothsayer is a
D. he ridicules the Soothsayer in public for believing in foolish superstitions
9. Which of the following is NOT an argument Cassius uses to try to convince Brutus that
Caesar is dangerous?
A. he appeals to Brutus’ ego by saying why should Caesar be glorified and not you
B. he reminds Brutus that Caesar is just a mortal human being and tells him a story
about a time Caesar almost drowned
C. he tells Brutus that if Caesar becomes king they will not be free men
D. he reminds Brutus about the time that Caesar betrayed him during the Battle of
10. When Caesar says,
Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look;
He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.
What is Caesar’s opinion of Cassius?
A. he admires Cassius for his intelligence
B. he is jealous of Cassius because Cassius has many military victories
C. he hates Cassius because Cassius is better-looking than him
D. he does not trust Cassius because of Cassius’ appearance
11. What happened when Antony offered Caesar the crown?
A. Caesar said that he did not feel he deserved to be king
B. Caesar accepted the offer immediately
C. Caesar fell to the ground because he had a heart attack
D. Caesar refused the offer three times
12. Which of the following is NOT one of the bad omens that Cassius feels is a warning of
A. a slave’s hand was on fire but it did not burn
B. men all in fire walked up and down the streets
C. an owl hooted at the market place at noon
D. a lion attacked a child in the streets
13. What is Brutus’ motive for murdering Caesar?
A. Caesar betrayed Brutus by sleeping with Portia
B. Caesar has a heart condition that will prevent him from being a powerful king
C. Caesar has been a position before where he abused his power for his own benefit
D. Brutus has no personal reason other than he feels Caesar’s murder is for the good
of the people
14. Why doesn’t Brutus want to swear a secret oath about the conspiracy?
A. because he doesn’t fully trust the other conspirators
B. because he wants to take all the credit for coming up with the plan
C. because he feels that their cause is justified so they don’t need an oath
D. because he doesn’t want anyone to know that he is part of the conspiracy
15. Why doesn’t Brutus want Cicero to join the conspiracy?
A. because he thinks that Cicero will tell Caesar about the conspiracy
B. because he thinks Cicero is not smart enough and will accidentally reveal the plan
C. because he has never liked Cicero
D. because he says Cicero will never follow anything that other men begin
16. Why doesn’t Brutus want Marcus Antony murdered also?
A. because he doesn’t feel that Antony’s murder is necessary; it will make them look
B. because Antony has always been a loyal friend to Brutus
C. because he is afraid that the Gods will punish him if he kills both Caesar and
D. because Antony’s wife is his sister and he doesn’t want to put his sister through
the pain of losing her husband
17. How does Portia react to Brutus’ odd behavior?
A. she gets mad at him for not giving her all the attention she deserves
B. she wants to know what is troubling him and feels that as his wife she has a right
C. she does not care because they do not have a happy marriage anyway
D. she tells him that she understands that there are things he needs to figure out on
his own and he can tell her when he is ready
18. What is ironic about the following quote by Caesar?
Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once,
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear,
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.
A. Caesar thinks that people who fear death are cowards but he is a coward by deciding
not to go to the Capitol to meet with the Senate
B. Caesar says that people should not be afraid of death because every person will die,
but what he does not know is that he will die very soon
C. Caesar thinks that cowards cannot truly enjoy life because of their fear but it is in fact
their fear that has kept them alive
D. Caesar thinks that only those who are courageous should be admired but he is not
admired for his courage, he is actually hated for his courage
19. Why does Caesar decide to go the Capitol instead if staying home as Calpurnia wishes?
A. he does not want the Senate to think he is afraid because his wife had a bad
B. Decius says that the Senate may change their minds and not offer him the crown
C. Decius gives another interpretation of Calpurnia’s dream and says that the blood
spouting from Caesar’s statues means that Caesar’s blood will revive Rome
D. All of the above are correct
20. Who intends to give a letter to Caesar telling him about the conspiracy and listing the
names of the conspirators?
A. Lucius B. Artemidorus C. Trebonius D. Publius