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Julius Caesar Quiz
by Staff
Friends! Romans! People who are killing time at work! If you know that Mark Antony said that and not Julius Caesar in Shakespeare's play, you'll ace this quiz. Had no idea? Then lend me your ears, and learn something about the famous politician.

What kind of family background did Julius Caesar have?

  • aristocratic
  • middle class
  • lower class

Caesar's family claimed to trace its lineage back to whom?

  • Zeus
  • Venus
  • Jesus

When was Caesar born?

  • 98 B.C.E.
  • 110 B.C.E.
  • 100 B.C.E.

What was Julius Caesar's dad's name?

  • Marcus
  • Octavian
  • Gaius

What was the name of Caesar's mother?

  • Agrippa
  • Aurelia
  • Livia

Julius Caesar married his wife Cornelia in 84 B.C.E., and a few years later he was asked to what?

  • marry another wife
  • have children
  • divorce her

What happened after Caesar refused to divorce?

  • He was sent to jail.
  • He went into exile.
  • He was beaten.

Caesar was once captured by …

  • pirates
  • ninjas
  • Vikings

After getting ransomed, Caesar did what to attack the pirates that had captured him?

  • raised a naval force against them
  • captured and crucified them
  • both

Caesar's elected career started in 72 B.C.E., when he was elected what?

  • emperor
  • senator
  • military tribune

After Cornelia died in 69 B.C.E, Caesar married a relative of what famous Roman?

  • Romulus
  • Jupiter
  • Pompey

Julius Caesar's wife, Pompeia, was involved in what scandal?

  • She was rumored to have invited a man to rites only for women.
  • She had an affair with her brother.
  • She refused to have children.

Although the man was acquitted of the crime of sneaking into the rites, Caesar …

  • divorced Pompeia
  • had him executed
  • had him imprisoned

Caesar's third wife was …

  • Augusta
  • Calpurnia
  • Helena

Caesar formed the first triumvirate with …

  • Pompey and Crassus
  • Pompey and Mark Antony
  • Cicero and Pompey

Where was Caesar's first big takeover?

  • Egypt
  • Britain
  • Gaul

The triumvirate began cracking when Crassus …

  • told Pompey he never really liked Julius
  • stole Pompey's wife
  • died on campaign

Julius Caesar also led armies to what never-before-visited territory?

  • Denmark
  • Britain
  • Greenland

What made it easier for Caesar to hire Roman agents to work on his political behalf while he was abroad?

  • his trust fund
  • the Gallic booty he plundered
  • Calpurnia's fortune

Pompey eventually came to side with …

  • the nobility
  • the slaves
  • the democrats

What did Caesar literally traverse when he crossed the Rubicon?

  • a path across Rome
  • an entryway
  • a river

Why was the act of crossing the Rubicon one of aggression?

  • Caesar's troops crossed the border of his land.
  • No Roman was allowed to cross a river with troops.
  • It was Pompey's river.

Rallying in Rome, Caesar declared himself …

  • dictator
  • president
  • king

Caesar defeated Pompey's armies, but he followed Pompey to …

  • Britain
  • Egypt
  • Croatia

In Alexandria, Caesar was presented with …

  • the hand of Cleopatra
  • a portrait of himself
  • Pompey's head

After leaving Egypt, Caesar declared what as the result of his travels through Asia Minor?

  • "Veni; vidi; vici."
  • "That wasn't so bad."
  • "I liked the food."

When was Caesar named "dictator in perpetuity"?

  • nine years before his death
  • February 44 B.C.E.
  • after his death

Caesar was assassinated on what day?

  • Jan. 12, 44 B.C.E.
  • Dec. 25, 44 B.C.E.
  • March 15, 44 B.C.E.

Who killed Caesar?

  • Brutus
  • a group of political opponents
  • both

While Caesar would probably have lived longer, he did have what?

  • seizures
  • melancholy
  • gout