characters who speak in blank verse
Brutus, Cassius, Caesar, Casca, Cicero, Antony (main characters; higher standard; more civilized)
characters who speak in prose
Flavius, Marullus, Cobbler, Cinna (minor characters; lower class characters; commoners)
what is conflict (in general)?
the inherent incompatibility between the objectives of two or more charchters or forces
what are the external conflicts of the play?
-Caesar's side vs. Pompey's side
-Caesar vs. Cassius
-Caesar vs. tribunes (Marullus & Flavius)
what are the internal conflicts of the play?
Brutus vs. himself (his friendship with Caesar vs. his love for Rome)
what is a soliloquy?
an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers (example when Cassius is ranting about his plan to corrupt Brutus); expresses their thoughts alone to the audience
a common meter in poetry consisting of an unrhymmed line with five feet or accents, each foot containing one accented syllable and one unaccented syllable
figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblence; comparisson between two things without using like or as
the use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning
the dramatic effect achieved by a speech to show an incongruity of which charachters in the play remain unaware
what is an aside?
the part of an actor's line supposedly no heard by otherson the stage; intended for only the audience
Which is NOT a reason Portia gives Brutus as to why he should trust her?
She has stood up to the followers of Caesar.
After Caesar refuses to accept the crown offered by Antony, what physical weakness of Caesar's is revealed to both the crowd and the readers?
Caesar has epilepsy
At the beginning of Act II, Brutus can't sleep because
he is upset that Caesar will be crowned king.
How do the conspirators plan on getting Caesar to attend the Senate meeting?
they use flattery to trick Caesar
How does Decius interperet Calphurnia's dream?
the blood is sustaining blood that will revive Rome's citizens
What is the purpose of the notes Cassius sent with Cinna at the end of Act I?
To convince Brutus to join the conspiracy.
In order to prove her strength to Brutus, Portia does all of the following except
talks about how she helped in the war against Gaul (she talks about Brutus chosing her to be his wife, she stabs herself in the leg, etc.)
Who says, "When beggars die, there are no comets/seen;/The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of/princes"
Which character describes Caesar as "a serpent's egg," which should be "killed in the shell"?
What does Brutus mean when he says "Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius,/To cut the head off and then hack the limbs,/Like wrath in death and envy afterwards;/For Antony is but a limb of Caesar." (II.i. 160-163)
Antony should not be killed as he is no threat to the conspirators
Which of the following unusual scenes was NOT witnessed by Casca in scene III of Act I?
A serpent breathing fire in the marketplace.
According to Casca, how did Caesar react to being offered the crown three times?
He refused it three times but Casca could tell he wanted it.
Why do Flavius and Marullus demand that the decorations be removed from the statues in the opening scene?
They did not want the people to celebrate Caesar
What happens to Marullus and Flavius?
They are stripped of their tribuneship and are exiled/executed.
Who says, "O, he sits high in all the people's hearts;/And that which would appear offense in us,/His countenace, like richest alchemy,/Will change to virtue and to worthiness."
What is the best evidence that Shakespeare thinks mob mentality is dangerous?
he plebeians kill the wrong Cinna
Who says, "This is a slight unmeritable man, Meet to be sent on errands;" and who is it in reference to?
who says "Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like Colossus; and we petty men Walk under his huge legs, and peep about To find ourselves dishonorable graves." ?
who says "O pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth, That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!'
who says "There is a tide in the affairs of men Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;"
Who says, "Stoop, Romans, stoop, And let us bathe our hands in Caesar's blood Up to the elbows. . ."
What does the quote mean?: "Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."
man determines his own destiny
What does Calpurnia reveal in these lines, "The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes?"
she is fearful that dreams and events are foretelling Caesar's death
Before the battle of Phillipi he sees two eagles from the sky, and he starts to believe that this could be an omen foreshadowing his death.
He says, "Let's be sacrificers, but not butchers," which sums up his attitude about how the plot should be handled.
He tells Caesar the other Senators will think he is weak if Caesar does not go to the Senate.
Brutus acceptance of the message, "To tell thee thou shalt see me at Philippi" shows that...
he is ready to be tested by battle
What is the best evidence that Shakespeare thinks politicians and rhetoric can be dangerous?
Antony's "double speak" at Caesar's funeral speech
By the end of play, what is happening to Cassius' personality?
he softens somewhat toward his friends
Which line best supports Caesar's attitude of bravery and stubbornness?
"I spurn thee like a cur out of my way. / Know, Caesar doth not wrong."