Julius Caesar

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Study Guide for “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare

The following questions will help you to prepare for your eventual test over “Julius Caesar”. While I will not be collecting this, it is on you to make sure that you are answering the questions as we go. Your test will be taken directly from this study guide.

Act I
1) Judging from the events in Act I, the political mood and behavior of the Romans are best described how?
2) When we first see Brutus, he appears to be ________________________.
3) Which line from Act I foreshadows what will happen to Caesar?
4) “Truly, sir… I am but, as you would say, a cobbler” is an example of what literary device?
5) Cassius states, “Men at some time are masters of their fates: / The
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35) How would one best describe the reaction of plebeians to the speeches by Brutus and Antony?
36) What is the difference between the two funeral orations?
37) Antony says to the assembled mob, “Good friends, sweet friends, let me not stir you up / To such a sudden flood of mutiny.” What is Antony trying to do by saying this?
38) When does the turning point of the play occur?
39) After the conspirators kill Caesar, they bathe their hands and swords in his blood. How does this foreshadow the end of the play? What do you think will happen?
40) When Cassius speaks in an aside to Brutus about whether or not Antony should speak at Caesar’s funeral, who can hear him? Who else is on stage with him?
41) Why is Antony’s speech not considered a soliloquy?
42) Possible Essay question from Act III: In Scene 2, Antony turns a shocked and confused crowd of mourners into an angry mob of rioters. On a separate sheet of paper, be prepared to write a paragraph that describes how this transformation occurs. Cite at least three ways by which Antony achieves this effect.

Act IV
43) Who is involved in the planned military conflict of Act IV?
44) In his attitude toward Lepidus, how is Antony characterized?
45) What is Brutus’ main motivation?
46) What issue stands between Brutus and Cassius?
47) In his treatment of Cassius, how is Brutus characterized?
48) Who is the poet who appears in Brutus’ tent in Scene 3?
49) Cassius and Brutus argue over where they should do battle with
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