Julius Caesar



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Past HSC Questions

(from Assessment and Reporting in Ancient History Stage 6, page 8)
Section III: Personalities (25 marks)
  • There will be 12 questions, one for each personality.
  • Each question will consist of two or three parts, with the last part worth 15 marks.
  • Candidates will be required to answer the question on the personality they have studied.
  • The expected length of response will be around eight pages of an examination writing booklet (approximately 1000 words) in total.


HSC 2011
Question 30 — Option K – Rome: Julius Caesar (25 marks)
(a) Describe Julius Caesar’s military activities to 60 BC. (10)
(b) Discuss the nature of Julius Caesar’s reforms as dictator. (15)

HSC 2010
Question 29 — Option K – Rome: Julius Caesar (25 marks)
(a) Describe the methods Julius Caesar used to advance his career up to 60 BC. (10)
(b) To what extent was Julius Caesar a successful general? (15)

HSC 2009
Question 24 — Option K – Rome: Julius Caesar (25 marks)
(a) Describe Julius Caesar’s role in the First Triumvirate. (10)
(b) Assess the impact of Julius Caesar on Rome. (15)

HSC 2008
Question 24 — Option K – Rome: Julius Caesar (25 marks)
(a) Describe Julius Caesar’s early political career to 60 BC. (10)
(b) Analyse the motives for the assassination of Julius Caesar. (15)

TRIAL 2008
Question 24 — Option K – Rome: Julius Caesar (25 marks)
(a) Describe the policies and reforms of Julius Caesar’s dictatorship. (10)
(b) Assess modern images and interpretations of Julius Caesar's career. (15)

HSC 2007
Question 24 — Option K – Rome: Julius Caesar (25 marks)
(a) Describe Julius Caesar’s relationship with the senate. (10)
(b) Assess the military achievements of Julius Caesar. (15)

TRIAL 2007
Question 24 — Option K – Rome: Julius Caesar (25 marks)
(a) Describe Julius Caesar’s early political career to 60 BC. (10)
(b) Assess the impact and influence of Julius Caesar on his time. (15)

HSC 2006
Question 24 — Option K – Rome: Julius Caesar (25 marks)
(a) Describe Julius Caesar’s reforms. (10)
(b) Evaluate the significance of the Gallic Wars in the career of Julius Caesar. (15)

TRIAL 2006
Question 24 — Option K – Rome: Julius Caesar (25 marks)
(a) Explain Julius Caesar's role in the First Triumvirate. (10)
(b) Assess the legacy of Julius Caesar's career. (15)

HSC 2005
Question 11 — Option K – Rome: Julius Caesar (25 marks)
(a) Briefly describe the early career of Julius Caesar. (5)
(b) Explain Caesar’s relationship with the Senate. (8)
(c) With reference to sources, assess the achievements of Julius Caesar as a general. (12)

TRIAL 2005
Question 11 — Option K – Rome: Julius Caesar (25 marks)
(a) Describe the geographical extent of the Roman empire in the time of Julius Caesar's death. (5)
(b) Explain Julius Caesar's relations with Cicero. (10)
(c) With reference to sources, assess the contributions of Julius Caesar to his times. (10)

HSC 2004
Question 11 — Option K – Rome: Julius Caesar (25 marks)
(a) Briefly outline Julius Caesar’s rise to prominence. (5)
(b) Explain the manner and impact of Julius Caesar’s death. (10)
(c) With reference to sources, evaluate the influence of Julius Caesar in his lifetime. (10)

HSC 2003
Question 11 — Option K – Rome: Julius Caesar (25 marks)
(a) Outline the social position of Julius Caesar. (5)
(b) Explain the reasons for Caesar’s success in the Gallic Wars. (10)
(c) With reference to sources, assess the achievements of Julius Caesar. (10)

HSC 2002
Question 11 — Option K – Rome: Julius Caesar (25 marks)
(a) Briefly describe the family background of Julius Caesar. (5)
(b) Explain the reasons for the military achievements of Julius Caesar. (10)
(c) Evaluate the ancient or modern interpretations of Julius Caesar. (10)

HSC 2001
Question 11 — Option K – Rome: Julius Caesar (25 marks)
(a) Briefly describe Caesar’s role in the ‘First Triumvirate’. (5)
(b) With reference to sources, explain Caesar’s early political career to 60 BC. (8)
(c) Assess the achievements of Julius Caesar. (12)