Rhetorical Devices in Julius Caesar


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In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Brutus' speech in Act III, Scene 2, in which he urges the audience to look past their emotional outrage to see that Caesar's assassination was best for Rome, primarily uses which rhetorical appeal?

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1. In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Mark Antony's speech in Act III, Scene 2, in which he reminds the audience that Caesar was a friend and man who helped the poor, primarily uses which rhetorical appeal?


The following passage from Brutus' speech in Julius Caesar is an example of which rhetorical device?

'As Caesar lov'd me, I weep for him; as he was fortunate, I rejoice at it; as he was valiant, I honor him; but, as he was ambitious, I slew him.' (III.ii.24-26)

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Most of William Shakespeare's plays--especially the most popular ones--are renowned for a specific literary quality. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is notable mainly for its highly-regarded use of rhetorical techniques. You can take this online assessment to see how well you understand the specific rhetorical devices used in Julius Caesar and how they contribute to the play itself.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Go through this assessment to see if you can:

  • Identify the specific rhetorical devices used in the play
  • Define these rhetorical devices
  • Determine which devices are used in specific passages
  • Analyze the use of each device in the play

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - check to ensure that you remember relevant rhetorical devices used in Julius Caesar and can accurately define them
  • Critical thinking - apply your understanding of these rhetorical devices to analyze specific passages from Julius Caesar and determine which devices are being used in each
  • Knowledge application - draw from your knowledge of these rhetorical devices to answer questions on how specific passages use specific devices and which characters apply them

Additional Learning

For more information on this subject, review the associated lesson called Rhetorical Devices in Julius Caesar. When reading the lesson, you will learn about:

  • The background of Julius Caesar
  • Important rhetorical devices
  • The history of these devices in rhetoric
  • How these devices are used in Julius Caesar