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Julius Caesar Questions

Act 1, Scene 1-3


1. Julius Caesar takes place in Rome, 44 B.C.
2. The feast of Lupercal was an annual festival to celebrate and honour Pan the goddes of fertility.
3. It took place February 15.
4. The Ides of March took place March 15.
5. It was a group of 3 authorities who shared power between themselves.
6. It included Pompey, Caesar, and Crassus.
7. The idea was Cassius'.
8. The citizens of Rome are rejoicing Caesar's victory, while completely forgetting about Pompey, and
the Tribunes are concerned of Caesar rapid climb to power and his influence's on the people of Rome.
9. A joke by wordplay, usually by words that sound alike.
10. The cobbler said A trade... which is... a mender of soles, in which soles also means souls.
11. Mark Antony did.
12. The crown was offered 3 times to Caesar.
13. a) Julius had the falling sickness.
b) The falling sickness was epilepsy.
14. Cassius invites Casca to dine with him.
15. Cassius says 'Till then think of the world.
16. Pathetic fallacy is is a literary term for the attributing of human emotion and conduct to all aspects
within nature.
17. (On the other page)
18. Casca saw fire dropping from the sky and a lion in the Capitol.
19. Cassius tells Cinna to put the letter in Brutus' window.
20. (On the other page)

Act 2, Scene 2
1. Calpurnia dreams that his statue at the senate was bleeding. In addition to that many prominent
Romans bathed in the blood, smiling as they did so. This will forshadow that Caesar will be killed at
the base of this statue and that members of the senate will be the ones to do the assasinating.
2. Augurer is a Roman religious official who interprets and foretells events.
3. At first, Caesar brushed off the dream but Calpurnia's constant begging finally made him give in.
4. Calpurnia begs to send Mark Antony to the Senate.
5. Decius comes for Caesar.
6. Caesar explains to Decius that he will not go to the Senate because of Calpunia's fears.
7. Decius explained the blood spurting from Caesar's statute was a symbol of refreshing as the people
bathed their hands in the life giving source.
8. Decius first ridicules Caesar by saying what will the people think when Caesar has given in to his
wife's excentric fears. Then Decius uses flattery and explained the blood spurting from Caesar's statute
was a symbol of refreshing as the people bathed their hands in the life giving source.
9. The scene concludes by Caesar acting on Decius' interpretation and decides to go to Senate.
Act 2, Scene 3
1. Decius escorts Caesar out of his house to the Senate.
2. It is ironic that Artemidorus, who is associated with Brutus' confidants and knew the plot against
Caesar, tried to save Caesar and created false hope in the reader even though he still does get murdered
in the end.
Act 3, Scene 1
1. The letter is put last as Caesar says he will deal with personal business after that of the state.
2. Popilius, a Roman senator, says to Cassius that he hopes his ambitions will thrive. Cassius is
paranoid because of the plans he and co-conspirators have to assassinate Caesar. I wish your
enterprise to-day may thrive. (90)
3. Cinna: Casca, you'll be the first to raise your hand. As Cinna says, Casca will.
4. Metellus is the first to come before Caesar, and he begins to kneel, and asks about his banished
brother.
5. Caesar declares that Metellus's brother will remain banished. No amount of begging and pleading

will shake the great Caesar, it only makes him scorn the beggar.
6. Even you, Brutus? and it was used to express surprise and dismay at the treachery of a supposed
friend, Brutus.
7. Cinna does, after the assassination of Caesar.
8. Brutus tells the others to harm no one else. Then he instructs them to bathe their hands in Caesar's
blood and go out into the streets crying Peace, Freedom and liberty!
9. O mighty Caesar! dost thou lie so low?
Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils,
Shrunk to this little measure? Fare thee well.
10. Cassius tells Antony that his voice shall be as strong as any man's he will still have a place to
speak.
11. Antony shakes the conspirators' hands and says
If then thy spirit look upon us now,
Shall it not grieve thee dearer than thy death
To see thy Antony making his peace,
Shaking the bloody fingers of thy foes
Most noble!in the presence of thy corse? (96)
Antony flatters the murderers and pretends as if speaking to Caesar that he is making peace with them.
12. It is ironic that Antony calls them most noble and princes even though he despises them.
13. Cassius insistes that Antony will harm them instead of making the murder seem less brutal.
14. Brutus tells Antony to not blame the conspirators and to say all good about Caesar all he wants.
Otherwise he will not be allowed to speak.
15. Antony claims that his intention is not to praise Caesar, he says, "He was my friend, faithful and
just to me." Antony's love for Caesar is an emotion with which the audience can identify. Then he
reminds the audience of their benefits from Caesar's rule from which the crowd can all agree on. Then
with a sarcastic tone tells of how Brutus is an honourable man and moves the citizens on his side.
16. Antony says that Rome is mourning thus has become dangerous.
Act 3, Scene 2
17. Brutus tells the people of how much he loved Caesar but that he loved Rome more that he murdered
him for the sake of Rome's future.
18. Brutus' speech soothes the citizens rage for the time being and the plebians even shout Let him be
Caesar!
19. Antony tell the citizens he is here to bury Caesar, not to praise him. However, Brutus told everyone

that Caesar was ambitious and that the killing of Caesar was for Rome. Then, Antony brings up the fact
that Caesar rejected the crown 3 times. I thrice presented him a kingly crown, Which he did thrice
refuse. Was this ambition?
20. The plebians start to agree on Antony's sayings and that Caesar suffered a great wrong.
21. Antony sways the crowd with Caesar's will. Then he begins to tell about the summer when Caesar
put his cloak on. Right after, Antony shows the stabs made by the conspirators and how unkind they
are.
22. Brutus' cut was the most unkind to all because of how much Caesar loved Brutus and to see Brutus'
ingratitude burst Caesar's heart.
23. Antony says that the conspirators are honourable and wise and that he is no orator nor clever
when in fact the killers are not noble men and Antony is extremely clever and spoke in such a way that
swayed the hearts of the people.
24. Caesar has left the people of Rome his walkways, his gardens and made them heirs forever to
common pleasures and has lead them a peaceful life.
Act 4, Scene 3
1. Cassius starts to tell Brutus that he doesn't love him which Brutus replies that he does not like
Cassius' faults. Then Cassius says that a friend would never see those faults. Cassius tries to use reverse
psychology on Brutus.
2. Portia was worried about Brutus' abscence and the fact that young Octavius and Mark Antony have
grown so strong. She became full of despair and, when her attendants were away, swallowed burning
coals.
3. Brutus has received letters explaining that young Octavius and Mark Antony are rushing toward
Philippi. Also, that seventy senators are dead including Cicero.
4. Brutus proposes to cut off Octavious and Mark Antony at Philippi before they get re-supplied and
grow stronger.
5. Brutus think he sees a a god, an angel, or a devil ,which the ghost confirms that he is Brutus' evil
spirit. Then the ghost says that they will meet at Philippi. An apparition is a ghost or ghost like image
of a person.
6. That they will meet at Philippi.
Act 5, Scene 1
1. Antony says that he knows how they think and understand why they are doing what they are doing.
Also, to make themselves look brave and courageous they're going to descend on Antony's troop, when
in reality they aren't neither brave nor courageous.

2. Brutus says it and it means that they would throw insults at each other before the battle to make one
another angry.
3. Cassius says that line and what he meant was that Octavius who is young does not deserve power at
his age. Cassius calls Mark Antony a masker and reveler: a person who loves to party.
4. Octavius makes a comment that in the future he will override the older and more experienced Antony
in the future. I do not cross you; but I will do so.
Act 5, Scene 2-3
1. At Sardis, two mighty eagles fell on their front flag and perched there, eating the hands of the
soldiers who went there with them to Philippi. They flew away in the morning but in their place ravens
crows and kites, were flying over them and looking down them. As if they are prey about to die.
2. Titinus explains that Brutus gave the orders too soon. He had an advantage overr Octavius in terms
of troop strength, and took that chance eagerly and the soldiers began to loot. Meanwhile Antony's men
surrounded them.
3. Pindarus says that Mark Antony is Cassius' and Brutus' tents and that they must run. Then after
climbing the hill, Pindarus sees that Titinus is surrounded by horsemen who are quickly approaching
who then kill him.
4. Cassius tells Pindarus to climb the hill and what Antony's troops are doing.
5. That if the troops that are burning tents are friends or foes.
6. Pindarus stabs Cassius because Cassius believes all is lost.
7. Pindarus becomes free and decided to run far away from the country where no Romans can find him.
8. Titinus sees Cassius commit suicide and does the same out of respect.
9. Brutus says that Caesar is still powerful after death and that his ghost walks the Earth and turns their
swords into their stomachs.
10. Scene 3 ends with Brutus and Cato who decide that Labio and Flavio will push their armies forward
before the night comes.
Act 5, Scenes 4-5
1. Lucilius masquerades as Brutus to his enemies so that the real Brutus could be spared. He does it out
of love and loyalty.
2. Antony who knows the truth, values Lucilius and spares him.
3. Antony tells his troops to find out is Brutus is alive or deaad, then return to Octavius' tent to tell him
what they learned.

Explain and paraphrase the speech in Act 1, sce. Ii lines 134-160:


Cassius explains that Caesar holds the world like a giant Colossus and they are petty men who walk
under his huge legs and look forward only dying dishonourably as slaves. It is not destiny's fault but
their own that they've become slaves. Then asks what's so special about Caesar? Why should his name
be more proclaimed than Brutus'? What food does Caesar eat that has made him grow so great? They
should be ashamed that Rome has lost the ability to raise noble men. Cassius then recalls the days when
there wasn't just one famous man and that up until now no one could say that only one person mattered
in all of Rome. Then he tells Brutus that one of his ancestors who have let the devil himself rule the
Roman Republic before he let a king.
20. In Act 2, scene 1, Brutus begins to speak to himself and talks about the only way for Rome to be
free from Caesar's tyrannical hands is to kill him. Brutus explains that he has so personal hatred or
anything of that sort to kill Caesar; he does it so out of Rome's best interest. He then ponders wherter
crowing Caesar would be a good idea and compares him to a poisonous snake that comes out during
sunny days. Giving power to Caesar could possibly give him power to do damage. The idea of power
might go to his head and when he is at the top he will burn his back on Brutus and the people. Then,
Brutus once again compares Caesar to a snake and explains that it is better to kill him beforehe rippens.
Fashion it thus: that what he is, augmented,
Would run to these and these extremities.
And therefore think him as a serpents egg
Which, hatched, would as his kind grow mischievous
And kill him in the shell. (58-59)