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Chapter 13: Julius Caesar

Chapter 13: Julius Caesar solutions [Pages 153 - 181]

Q 1 | Page 153

Consult a dictionary and find out the difference between
(a) killing
(b) an assassination.

Q 2 | Page 153

Many popular and powerful leaders have been assassinated in the past and in recent times. Can you name some of them?
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Q 5.01 | Page 174

Answer the following question by ticking the correct options.

When Caesar says "Nor heaven nor earth have been at peace to-night" he sounds ……….

  • worried

  • angry

  • joyous

  • frightened

Q 5.02 | Page 174

Answer the following question by ticking the correct options.

Caesar's reference to the senators as 'graybeards' shows his ……….

  • confidence

  • cowardice

  • arrogance

  • ambition

Q 5.03 | Page 174

Answer the following question by ticking the correct options.

Decius Brutus changes Caesar's mind about going to the Senate by appealing to his
……………………

  • ambition

  • vanity

  • greed

  • generosity

Q 5.04 | Page 174

Answer the following question by ticking the correct options.

The offer that Cassius makes to Antony after Caesar's assassination is that………

  • the conspirators would like to be friends with him

  • he may take Caesar's body to the pulpit and speak to the crowd praising Caesar
    for his achievements

  • his recommendations will be as strong as that of the conspirators while distributing the powers and benefits to friends

  • he may join the conspiracy against Caesar

Q 5.05 | Page 174

Answer the following question by ticking the correct options.

Cassius tries to stop Brutus from letting Antony speak at Caesar's funeral as he ……………………..

  • knows the Roman mob loves Caesar and Antony

  • knows Brutus is not a good orator

  • knows they should not have killed Caesar

  • knows Antony is a good orator who can sway the mob

Q 5.06 | Page 174

Answer the following question by ticking the correct options.

What prophecy does Antony make over Caesar's dead body?

  • Romans will see Caesar's ghost roaming on the streets

  • Rome will experience fierce civil war in which many people will die

  • Rome will be ruled by Ate

  • Roman women will smile at the death of Caesar

Q 5.07 | Page 174

Answer the following question by ticking the correct options.

After listening to Brutus' speech, the Third Citizen says 'Let him be Caesar'. This clearly
shows he ……………………….

  • has not understood Brutus' reason for killing Caesar

  • loved Caesar more than he loves Brutus

  •  loves Brutus more than he loved Caesar

  • thinks Brutus killed Caesar to assume power.

Q 5.08 | Page 174

Answer the following question by ticking the correct options.

When Antony calls the conspirators 'honourable men' his tone is ………………

  • admiring

  • flattering

  • angry

  • mocking

Q 5.09 | Page 174

Answer the following question by ticking the correct options.

Antony's reference to Caesar's conquest of the Nervii is to ………………….

  • remind the mob of Caesar's greatness as a warrior

  • make the mob feel afraid of being attacked by the war-like race

  • make the crowd weep for Caesar who died at war

  • stop and collect his emotions as he is feeling very upset

Q 5.1 | Page 174

Answer the following question by ticking the correct options.

Antony's remark Mischief, thou art afoot,
Take thou what course thou wilt! , shows him to be …………………

  • a ruthless manipulator

  •  an honourable man

  • a loyal friend

  • a tactful man

Q 6.01 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly.

How do the heavens 'blaze forth' the death of Julius Caesar?

Q 6.02 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly.

What does Calpurnia try to convince Caesar of?

Q 6.03 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly.

Why does Calpurnia say Caesar's 'wisdom is consumed in confidence'? What does she mean?

Q 6.04 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly.

What does Calpurnia dream about Caesar? How does Decius Brutus interpret the dream? 

Q 6.05 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly.

What are the arguments put forward by Decius Brutus to convince Caesar to go to the Capitol?

Q 6.06 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly

Why is Decius more successful than Calpurnia in persuading Caesar?

Q 6.07 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly

What is the petition put before Caesar by the conspirators? How does Caesar respond to it?

Q 6.08 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly

Who says "Et tu Brute"? When are these words spoken? Why?

Q 6.09 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly

In the moments following Caesar's death what do the conspirators proclaim to justify Caesar's death ?

Q 6.1 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly

Seeing the body of Caesar, Antony is overcome by grief. What does he say about Caesar?

Q 6.11 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly.

Whom does Antony call 'the choice and master spirits of this age"? Why?

Q 6.12 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly.

How do Brutus and Cassius respond to Antony's speech?

Q 6.13 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly.

Why does Cassius object to allowing Antony to speak at Caesar's funeral? How does Brutus overcome this objection?

Q 6.14 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly.

What are the conditions imposed by the conspirators before allowing Antony to speak at Caesar's funeral?

Q 6.15 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly.

When he is left alone with the body of Caesar what does Anthony call Brutus and the others?

Q 6.16 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly.

What prediction does Antony make regarding the future events in Rome?

Q 6.17 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly.

What reasons does Brutus give for murdering Caesar?

Q 6.18 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly.

Who says, "Let him be Caesar"? What light does this throw on the speaker?

Q 6.19 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly.

Why is Antony's speech more effective?

Q 6.2 | Page 176

Answer the following question briefly.

At the end of the scene what is the fate of Brutus and Cassius ?

Q 7 | Page 177

Julius Caesar and Antony reveal something about their character in their words and actions. We also learn about them from what other people say. Can you pick out the words that describe them from the box given below? Also, pick out lines from the play to illustrate your choice.

superstitious       arrogant                  loyal                      clever
overconfident     manipulative           good orator          ambitious
brave                  great conqueror      generous               fearless
loves flattery       firm                         shrewd                   crafty

 

Person Extract from play What it tells us about the character

Julius Caesar 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. the things that threaten'd me Ne'er look'd but on my back; when they shall see
The face of Caesar, they are vanished.
1. arrogant
2.  
3.  
4.  
5.  
6.  

Mark Antony 

 

 

 

1. 1. Loyal
2.  
3.  
4.  
5.  
   

 

Q 8 | Page 179

In the play 'Julius Caesar', we meet the Roman mob. We find that as Brutus and Antony speak, the mob displays certain qualities and characteristics.
Given below are some characteristics of the mob. Complete the table by quoting the lines wherein these are revealed.

Words/ actions of the mob Characteristics
1. Foolish
2. Does not understand the ideals of democracy
3. Emotional
4. Greedy
5. Fickle
6. Violent
Q 9 | Page 179

Antony employs a number of devices to produce the desired effect on the mob. These devices maybe described as rhetorical devices. He first speaks in such a manner that it seems to the mob that he is in full agreement with Brutus about Caesar. Then step by step he moves away from Brutus' position, depicting Brutus as a villain and Caesar as a wronged man. Copy and complete the following table by showing how Antony builds the argument in Caesar's favour.

Antony's words Argument
1. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. Does not wish to eulogise Caesar
2. The noble Brutus Hath told you Caesar was ambitious: If it were so, it was a grievous fault, And grievously hath Caesar answer'd it.  Seemingly agrees with Brutus
3.  
4.  
5.  
6.  
Q 10.1 | Page 180

Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow:

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) Whom is Caesar speaking to? Why does he say these words?
b) What fears has the listener expressed?
c) What is the basis for the fears expressed?

Q 10.2 | Page 180

Read the extracts given below and answer the questions that follow:

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) Who speaks these words? Where is the speaker at this moment?
b) What are the contents of Caesar's will that he is referring to?
c) Why does the speaker read Caesar's will to the citizens?
d) What is the reaction of the listeners to the reading of the will?

Q 11 | Page 180

Activity
Stage a press conference that takes place shortly after Caesar's death. The "reporters" should have their questions written down ahead of time to ask the students who play the roles of Brutus, Antony and Cassius.These questions should focus on the key events in the play, as well as the characters' intentions.

Q 12 | Page 181

Given below are some questions based on reading of the play 'Julius Caesar'. These
questions are not for testing in the Exam. These are for a deeper understanding of the
play and the characters.

a) Why was the conspiracy to assassinate Julius Caesar hatched?
b) Was Caesar really ambitious? Find evidence from the play to support your answer.
c) What was Cassius' motive for murdering Julius Caesar?

d) Why was it essential for the conspirators to include Brutus in the conspiracy?

e) What were the mistakes made by Brutus that led to the failure of the conspiracy?
f) Comment on Caesar's friendship with Antony.
g) Write a brief character sketch of Antony.
h) What is the role of Julius Caesar's ghost in the play, Julius Caesar?
i) Why does Antony call Brutus 'the noblest Roman of them all'?
j) How do Brutus and Cassius meet their end?

Q 13 | Page 181

A reporter covers the event of the assassination of Julius Caesar in the senate. Giving graphic details and a catchy headline, write the newspaper report in about 200 words.

Chapter 13: Julius Caesar

CBSE English Course Communicative: Literature Reader - Class 10

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