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julius caesar test/review for midterm

At the beginning of Act III, why do the conspirators ask Caesar to pardon Publius Cimber?

They need to divert Caesar's attention from their plan to kill him.

In Caesar's last speeches, as he responds to requests about Publius Cimber, what is the best description of his attitude?

proud and arrogant

Which of the following statements is true of the conspirators' actions in killing Caesar?

Casca stabs him first, then the other conspirators, and finally Brutus

What famous line does Caesar utter after Brutus stabs him?

"Et tu, Brute?"

When Anthony first shakes hands with the conspirators, what impression does the reader get?

Antony accepts the murder and supports the conspirators

Why does Cassius deliver an aside to Brutus after Antony arrives?

to urge him to avoid allowing Antony to speak at the funeral.

What is the best analysis of the imagery in the following lines from Antony's soliloquy?
"Over thy wounds now do I prophesy
(Which like dumb mouths do ope their ruby lips
to beg the voice and utterance of my tongue),
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men..." (Act III, Scene ii, 11. 59-62)

Caesar's wounds are crying out to Antony for revenge

In his monologue at Caesar's funeral, what is Brutus' attitude?

Brutus is sincere and logical.

In his funeral oration, how does Antony show that the conspirators were not honorable?

He contrasts Caesar's deeds with the reasons the assassins give for his death.

At first, why does Antony refuse to read Caesar's will to the crowd?

He wants to stir up the crowd's curiosity and passion.

Why does Antony point to the wounds on Caesar's body and the rips in his cloak and identify whose dagger made each one?

He wants to emphasize the treachery involved and hold each assassin responsible.

What is the best analysis of the imagery in the following lines from Antony's oration?
"Put a tongue
In every wound of Caesar's that should move
The stones of Rome to rise and mutiny. (Act III, Scene ii, 11. 229-231)

Caesar's wounds cry out for revenge against the conspirators.

In his funeral speech, which line does Antony repeat several times?

Brutus is an honorable man.

What does Antony's aside after his oration reveal?

He is satisfied that his calculated plan to stir up the plebeians has succeeded.

What impression of the plebeians does Shakespeare give in Act III?

They are easily manipulated.

Why does a group of plebeians attack Cinna, the poet, at the end of Act III?

He has the same name as one of the conspirators.

What is suggested by the violence in the streets at the end of Act III?

The Romans are now ruled by passion and violence rather than law.

At the beginning of Act IV, what do Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus reveal?

They will kill their own relatives in order to stay in power in Rome.

What is the disagreement between Antony and Octavius in Act IV, Scene i, about?

how to treat Lepidus

If you read between the lines of Antony and Octavius' conversation about Lepidus, what can you infer about Antony's character?
OCTAVIUS: You may do your will
But he's a tried and valiant soldier.
ANTONY: So is my horse, Octavius, and for that
I do appoint him store of provender.

Antony is unsentimental.

Read the passage from Act IV, Scene ii. Who is Pindarus' master?
LUCILIUS: He is at hand, and Pindarus is come
To do you salutation from his master.
BRUTUS: He greets me well. Your master, Pindarus,
In his own change, or by ill officers,
Hath given me some worthy cause to wish
Things done undone; but if he be at hand,
I shall be satisfied.
PINDARUS: I do not doubt
But that my noble master will appear
Such as he is, full of regard and honor.
BRUTUS: He is not doubted. A word, Lucilius,
How he received you. Let me be resolved.
LUCILIUS: With courtesy and with respect enough,
But not with such familiar instances,
Nor with such free and friendly conference,
As he hath used of old.

Cassius

Read the passage from Act IV, scene ii. Which of the following statements describes Lucilius' job in this scene?
LUCILIUS: He is at hand, and Pindarus is come
To do you salutation from his master.
BRUTUS: He greets me well. Your master, Pindarus,
In his own change, or by ill officers,
Hath given me some worthy cause to wish
Things done undone; but if he be at hand,
I shall be satisfied.
PINDARUS: I do not doubt
But that my noble master will appear
Such as he is, full of regard and honor.
BRUTUS: He is not doubted. A word, Lucilius,
How he received you. Let me be resolved.
LUCILIUS: With courtesy and with respect enough,
But not with such familiar instances,
Nor with such free and friendly conference,
As he hath used of old.

He is a messenger between Brutus and Cassius' camps

Read the passage from Act IV, scene ii. What do Brutus and Lucilius discuss at the end of this conversation?

How Cassius has been acting differently lately.

What does reading between the lines reveal about Brutus' concerns in Act IV, Scene ii, when he says the following lines after hearing about Cassius' behavior?
"Thou has described
A hot friend cooling."

Brutus may no longer be able to rely on Cassius.

Which of the following is a source of conflict between Cassius and Brutus?

Brutus believes that Cassius has taken bribes.

Which of the following best illustrates the change in Brutus and Cassius' friendship?

Brutus and Cassius argue and accuse each other.

How are Brutus and Cassius characterized in Act IV, scene iii?

suspicious, petty, quarrelsome

What does the Poet attempt to do in Act IV, Scene iii when he speaks the following lines?
POET: For shame, you generals! What do you mean?
Love, and be friends, as two such men should be;
For I have seen more years, I'm sure, than ye.

Help Brutus and Cassius mend their relationship.

How do the temperaments of Brutus and Cassius differ?

Brutus is stoical, while Cassius is emotional

What reason does Cassius give for his temper tantrum in Act IV, Scene iii?

His bad temper is hereditary.

What does the conflict between Brutus and Cassius suggest about their ability to face challenges that lie ahead of them?

If they cannot form a united front, they may not be able to defeat Antony.

Which of the following best summarizes Brutus' arguments in Act IV, Scene iii, in which he urges Cassius to be honest?

We killed Caesar to end corruption; we do not have a right to be corrupt ourselves.

Why does Brutus want to go meet Antony's troops at Philippi?

He is afraid that Antony will gather new recruits if they wait for him.

What does reading between the lines reveal about Cassius' feelings toward Brutus in the following line?
"How scaped I killing when I crossed you so?"

admiration for his self-control

What is the significance of the ghost's promise to see Brutus at Philippi?

It is a bad omen for Brutus.

In Act I, scene i, why do Flavius and Marullus try to stop people from celebrating?

they resent the fact that Caesar has defeated and murdered Pompey.

In Act I, scene ii, why does Cassius flatter Brutus?

He needs Brutus to support his plot against Caesar.

According to Casca, how did Caesar react when he was offered the crown?

He rejected it three times but he really wanted to accept it.

At the beginning of Act I, scene iii, when Casca describes the thunderstorm, why is he upset?

He is afraid that the gods are angry and something bad will happen.

Why does Cassius believe that Brutus should be a part of the plot against Caesar?

People respect Brutus and will accept what he does.

What does Cassius do in his conversation with Brutus in Act 1 Scene II?

He flatters Brutus in order to win Brutus' support

In Act I Scene II, why does Cassius describe his memory of swimming with Caesar?

To show that Caesar is weak and afraid

At the end of Act I Scene II, what plan does Cassius describe?

He describes a plan to trick Brutus by throwing anonymous notes through his window

Judging from his actions in Act I, what might be Caesar's tragic flaw?

He is too ambitious and overconfident

On what day does Act II begin?

The ides of March

Why does Brutus decide to join the conspiracy against Caesar?

He wants to protect Rome from tyranny

How would you paraphrase the following advice that Brutus gives the conspirators about their plot in Act II Scene I? "Hide it in smiles and affability..."

Keep the plot secret by acting friendly and normal

Which is the best paraphrase of the following line? "For he is superstitious grown of late..."

Lately, he has become someone who listens to omens

Why does Calpernia ask Caesar not to go to the Senate?

She believes her frightening dreams are bad omens

How does Decius persuade Caesar to go to the Senate?

He says the Senators are planning to offer Caesar the crown

At the end of Act II, what plans do Artemidorus and the soothsayer have?

They both want to warn Caesar that he is in danger

At the beginning of Act II, Why does Shakespeare have Brutus ask his servant what day it is?

To make sure the audience knows this is the day the soothsayer warned about

When Brutus says "And therefore think him as a serpent's egg / Which hatched, would as his kind grow mischievous. / And kill him in the shell," for what action is he providing reasons?

The conspirator's need to act before Caesar assumes power

Cassius and Brutus disagree about

Killing Mark Antony

Why does Caesar ask Antony to touch Calpernia during the Lupercal feast?

So she will be given fertility and provide Caesar with a heir

Which of the following statements summarizes Cassius's attitude towards Caesar?

He thinks Caesar is just an ordinary man and should not be setting himself up to be treated like a god

At the end of Act II Scene IV, Portia sends Lucius on the following errand:

He is to watch Brutus and tell him Portia is fine

What do the conspirators think about Cicero?

He is a powerful senator, but wont join them

Who does Brutus tell about the plot to assassinate Caesar?

Portia

Why does Artemidorus only write Caesar a letter about the conspiracy?

He thinks that it may be Caesar's destiny to die

Conspirator whose job is to make sure Caesar goes to the Capital, where the conspirators intend to kill him:

Decius

Triumphs over Pompey in battle:

Caesar

Senator who agrees with the conspirators, yet it is not invited to be part of their plot:

Cicero

Loyal to Caesar and runs in the race during the Lupercal festival:

Antony

Noble roman who like Caesar but does not want him to be a tyrant:

Brutus

Conspirator whose job is to leave letters that Brutus will find at the Praetor's chair where he is a Magistrate:

Cinna

Conspirator who sees strange things during the thunderstorm: an owl in the daytime, a servant whose hand is on fire, and a lion near the Capital:

Casca

Leader of the conspiracy against Caesar; attempts to convince Brutus to join his side' though they often disagree about how to carry out the plot:

Cassius

Tribunes who are silenced after removing decorations from Caesar's statues:

Marullus and Flavius

Wife of Brutus and born from noble lineage:

Portia

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