Julius Caesar Study Questions

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How does Shakespeare make the common people appear to be less than noble? What are the people doing that angers Marullus and Flavius? Why does this anger them? What actions do Marullus and Flavius take to correct the situation?

They aren't given names and their language is simpler. They are partying for Caesar and not mourning the death of Pompeii. They tell them to go back to work and take the decorations off of the statues.

Why does Caesar want Calphurnia to stand in Antony's path during the race in honor of the feast of Lupercal?

So that she can have children.

What is Antony's response to Caesar's instructions? What does this suggest about their relationship?

"Sure," anything Caesar asks for he gets.

What is Caesar's reaction to the soothsayer's warning?

At first he says that it is not important, but he is superstisious so it does affect him.

What complaint does Cassius make about Brutus's behavior towards him? How does Brutus answer this complaint?

Brutus isn't being very friendly to him. He answers by saying that he has had a lot on his mind lately.

Cassius's story attacks what aspect of Caesar's makeup? What is this attack supposed to say to Brutus?

He attacks his physical inability, and that he is so weak (cries when his weak, almost drowned in the river). Shows to Brutus that Caesar is weak.

What does Cassius mean by the following statement? " 'Brutus' will start a spirit as soon as 'Caesar.' "(147)

Brutus is as well loved by the people as Caesar.

How does Brutus respond to Cassius's attack on Caesar?

He wants to think about it.

What astute observation does Caesar make of Cassius?

He is sneaky and not to be trusted.

What faults does Caesar see in Cassius's nature?

He is power-hungry.

What does Caesar mean by the following statement? "I rather tell thee what is to be feared/Than what I fear; for always I am Caesar." (211-12)

He says I am not afraid, I am the all-powerful and I will tell you when to be afraid.

What does this statement show about Caesar's nature?

He is arrogant.

What story does Casca relate to Brutus and Cassius? What does Casca tell us by the personal remarks he adds to the story?

Caesar refused the crown 3 times. Casca says that Caesar really wanted to take the crown though.

How did the people react to Caesar's fit? What does this tell us about their feelings for Caesar?

They praised him anyways, they respect and adore him.

What information does Casca give about Marullus and Flavius?

They have been removed.

At the end of the scene what plans does Cassius make to sway Brutus to his cause?,

Leaving fake letters for him in his chair at the Senate

What wonderous things has Casca seen on this night?

Lions in the street, owls during the day, men on fire.

What reason does Cassius give for the terrible storm?

Even the gods aren't in favor of Caesar

What important news does Casca give Cassius about the Senate's plan?

Caesar is going to be crowned in Senate tomorrow.

What does Casius mean by the following statement? "He were no lion were not Romans hinds."(106) 23. What instructions does Cassius give Cinna that will help sway Brutus to their cause?

Caesar wouldn't be powerful if he didn't have the people behind him. Cinna places the letters where Brutus will find them.

What reason does Casca give for wanting Brutus to join their cause?

Brutus is respected and powerful

For what information does Brutus want Lucius to look at a calendar? What is the significance of what Lucius finds?

He wants to know if it's the Ides of March, he must act before Caesar is crowned.

Why do the conspirators want Cicero to join them?

He is a very well-respected greek.

Why does Brutus reject Cicero? What is Cassius's reaction and what does this show about his and Brutus's relationship?

He is a Greek, a foreigner.

What do the conspirators plan to do the next day?

The plan to meet at the capitol and kill Caesar

What has Portia done to show Brutus that she is worthy of knowing his secrets?

She stabs herself in the leg, exhibiting her own bravery and strength as a woman.

What strange and horrible things does Calphurnia report to Caesar that have been seen that night?

She saw blood dripping all over Rome, showing that Caesar will die.

What does Calphurnia mean by the following statement? "When beggars die there are no comets seen;/The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes."(30-31)

She means that the heavens acknowledge when someone great dies, but they don't acknowledge when a random person dies.

How does Decius convince Caesar to go to the Capitol?

If you don't go they will think you're a coward and will not give you a crown.

What is Artemidorus's plan?

He attempts to warn Caesar of the attack planned on him by the conspirators. He tries to read the letter to him in streets while he walks to the Capitol.

Why is Portia so nervous and upset? On what errand does she send Lucius?

She hasn't heard from her husband for a while.

In regard to Artemidorus's request how does Caesar's nobility doom him?,

Caesar puts him down suggesting that he is worthless and not to be trusted. Caesar uses his power to demean a citizen.

What is Metellus Cimber's petition to Caesar? What is Caesar's response and why does he give this response?

Get his brother out of exile. No, because he is Caesar and never changes his mind.

What does Brutus instruct the conspirators to do before they go before the public? Why does he instruct them to do this?

He tells everyone to put their hands into Caesars blood. He believes that they have all done a good service to the people.

What request does Antony's servant bring to Brutus? What is Brutus's response?

He says that he will be faithful to Brutus as long as he will not punish him for his friendship with Caesar. Brutus says that Antony can join them, and will be trusted.

Why does Cassius object to letting Antony speak at Caesar's funeral? What reassurance does Brutus give him?

Cassius is afraid that Antony will sway the public. Brutus promises to speak first.

What promise does Antony give Brutus about his funeral speech?

He will never say that the conspirators were bad.

After being left alone with Caesar's body what does Antony promise to do?,

He promises revenge.

What reason does Brutus give for murdering Caesar? What is the crowd's reaction?

That Caesar was ambitious, hesitant crowd

What final mistake does Brutus make in letting Antony speak?

He walks away after the speech, and doesn't stay to listen.

Why does Antony read Caesar's will to the people?

Caesar was not selfish and ambitious, but he loved the people

At the end of the scene what are the fates of Brutus and Cassius?

They have been forced away from Rome and fleeing to Phillipi.

What is the significance of this scene?

They mistake who Cinna the poet is, it shows the rage of the crowd.

What are Antony

Octavius, and Lepidus doing at the opening of the scene?, They decide who will be killed in the battle.

Why do they want Caesar's will? What is ironic about this?

They want to use it to their advantage.

What is Antony's plan for Lepidus? What is his reason?

To keep him busy because he doesn't respect him.

What does Brutus tell Lucilius about dying love?

People that really love you will be honest.

What practical instructions does Brutus give Cassius about their disagreement? What is unusual about this?

I want to talk to you in my tent so the soldiers won't hear us fight.

What wrong does Cassius say Brutus has done him?

You didn't acknowledge my letter in support of one of my men.

In response what does Brutus condemn Cassius for doing?,

Taking bribes

According to Brutus how has Cassius wronged him?

What is ironic about Brutus's accusation?, Cassius refused to give Brutus money when he asked

To prove that he has been wronged what does Cassius tell Brutus to do to him?,

to kill him

What is the real reason for Brutus's ill temper? Give all of the details.

Portia has died, she killed herself by eating a hot coal.

Messala brings what ill news of the triumvirate's actions in Rome?

They killed a hundred senators, who would have supported the conspirators

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