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Julius Caesar

O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth, That I am meek and gentle with these butchers ! Thou art the ruins of the noblest

Multiple choice question

Read the following extract carefully and
answer the questions that follow by
choosing the most appropriate alternative
from those given below : (3 Marks)

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 tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood !
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy -

(a) The expression thou bleeding piece of earth refers to
(i) the earth red with the blood of soldiers
(ii) Caesar's dead body
(iii) the piece of land acquired by the enemies
(iv) the piece of land where Caesar was killed

(b) The speaker is meek and gentle with these butchers because
(i) he fears his own death
(ii) he fears that the butchers might destroy the whole of Rome
(iii) he wants to avenge Caesar's death
(iv) he fears the butchers might kill the kith and kin of Caesar

(c) That I am meek and gentle with these butchers !
The poetic device used in this line is

(i) an irony
(ii) a paradox
(iii) a simile
(iv) a metaphor

But here's a parchment with the seal of Caesar ; I found it in his closet, 'tis his will:

Multiple choice question

Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that f o l l ow by
choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below : (3 Marks)

But here's a parchment with the seal of Caesar ; I found it in his closet, 'tis his will:
Let but the commons hear this testament - Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read-
And they would go and kiss dead Caesar's wounds

(a) The speaker of the above lines is

(i) Brutus
(ii) Antony
(iii) Cassius
(iv) Cimber

(b) What is written in Caesar's will ?

(i) He had given all his land and property to Brutus.
(ii) He had distributed all his property to his kith and kin.
(iii) He had named all the property to the army heads.
(iv) He had willed his gardens and orchards for Roman citizens for their
recreation and also had left 75 drachmas for each Roman citizen.

(c) The reactions of the listeners to the reading of the will are that they

(i) are ashamed of themselves
(ii) respect Brutus all the more
(iii) get angry and turn violent against Caesar's murderers
(iv) are shocked

Calpurnia : What mean you, Caesar ? Think you to walk forth ? You shall not stir out of your house today.

Multiple choice question

Answer the questions that follow by choosing the most appropriate alternative
from those given belows : (3 Marks)

Calpurnia : What mean you, Caesar ? Think you to walk forth ? You shall not stir out of your house today.

Caesar : Caesar shall forth.

(a) Calpurnia stopped Caesar from going out of the house because

(i) Caesar's enemies were out to kill him
(ii) Caesar was not well
(iii)Calpurnia saw Caesar being killed in her dream
(iv)it was raining heavily and there was thunder and lightning in the sky

(b) Caesar wanted to go out of the house because he

(i) didn't care about his wife
(ii) wanted to throw the enemies of Rome out of the country
(iii) was worried about the safety of the common man
(iv) had to attend the meeting

(c) These lines tell us about Caesar that he

(i) is a superstitious person.
(ii) is a coward.
(iii) is proud.
(iv) is soft hearted.

Shall Caesar send a lie ? Have I in conquest stretch'd mine arm so far, To be afraid to tell greybeards the truth ?

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Shall Caesar send a lie ?
Have I in conquest stretch'd mine arm so far,
To be afraid to tell greybeards the truth ?
Decius, go tell them Caesar will not come.

(a) The lie being talked about here is that

(i) Calpumia was unwell
(ii) Caesar was unwell
(iii) Caesar couldn't sleep all night
(iv) Caesar wanted to be by the side of Calpurnia

(b) The greybeards are

(i) Caesar's advisors
(ii) the priests
(iii) the senators
(iv) Caesar's elderly relatives

(c) When Caesar went to the Senate

(i) he was crowned the king
(ii) he was received with honour
(iii) he was killed by Brutus and other conspirators
(iv) the priests organised a religious ceremony to pray for the long life of Caesar

How foolish do your fears seem now, Calpurnia! I am ashamed. I did yield to them. Give me my robe, for I will go.

Multiple choice question

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choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below : (3 Marks)

How foolish do your fears seem now, Calpurnia! I am ashamed. I did yield to them.
Give me my robe, for I will go.

(a) The Calpuraia's fear was that

(i) someone would kill her in Caesar's absence
(ii) someone would kill Caesar
(iii) some conspiracy will be hatched against Caesar in the palace
(iv) lightning would strike Caesar

(b) Caesar was ashamed because he

(i) had sent a lie to the senators
(ii) gave in to the fears of his wife
(iii) couldn't convince his wife about her safety
(iv) could not make out that some of his men were conspiring against him

(c) What happened when Caesar didn't listen to Calpuraia's request ?

(i) Calpurnia was annoyed with him.
(ii) His senators crowned him.
(iii) He was conspired against and killed.
(iv) Brutus was crowned in his presence

These couchings and these lowly courtesies Might fire the blood of ordinary men, And turn pre-ordinance and first decree

Multiple choice question

Read the following extract carefully and answer the questions that follow by
choosing the most appropriate alternative from those given below : (3 Marks)

These couchings and these lowly courtesies
Might fire the blood of ordinary men,
And turn pre-ordinance and first decree
Into the law of children.
Thy brother by decree is banished
If thou dost bend and pray and fawn for him,
I spurn thee, like a cur, out of my way.

(a) Here Caesar is speaking to
(i) Brutus
(ii) Cassius
(iii) Antony
(iv) Metellus Cimber

(b) Caesar was angry with the other person because

(i) he was conspiring against him
(ii) he had joined hands with the enemies of Rome
(iii) he was pleading for his banished brother
(iv) he didn't render his duty sincerely

(c) I spurn thee like a cur The figure of speech used in this line is a/an

(i) simile
(ii) metaphor
(iii) alliteration
(iv) personification

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