Spartacus (1960) Film Unit:  Viewing Questions + Exam
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Spartacus (1960) Film Unit: Viewing Questions + Exam

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"I'm Spartacus!" Spartacus (1960) is more than just a classic film; it's a dramatization of one of history's greatest heroes: the gladiator-turned-freedom-fighter, Spartacus. Kirk Douglas, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Peter Ustinov, and Jean Simmons provide stellar performances, and the sweeping cinematography of Stanley Kubrick brings the drama to life. I use this unit as a supplement to my ancient Rome and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar unit. (Young Julius Caesar even stars as a minor character.) My students truly enjoy this film and serves as an excellent springboard into ancient Rome. This unit works in conjunction with Spartacus: The Restored Version available on Amazon.com

 The materials in this film unit include:

  • A unit overview sheet with instructions on how to teach at least a 6-day unit using these materials
  • Four viewing guides with 20+ questions each that ask students to recall, connect, and analyze the events of the film
  • An exam with three reading passages (two from ancient Rome and one from a modern historian), multiple-choice questions, and short answer questions. (An answer sheet is also included.)
  • Keys for each of the viewing guides and the assessment
  • Spartacus discussion questions for post-film discussion

 Reasons for showing this film to your students:

  • An entertaining and educational look at ancient Rome and the historical figure of Spartacus
  • Exposure to classic film
  • Builds interest in the world of Julius Caesar
  • Practice analyzing reading passages

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