Julius Caesar: Act 2

To what decision does Brutus come in his orchard? Why?
Brutus decides to join the conspiracy to kill Caesar. The conspiracy believes that Caesar will abuse his power.

What does Lucius give to Brutus in Scene I?
Lucius gives Brutus a letter that had been thrown through Brutus’ window.

Why doesn’t Brutus want to swear an oath with the conspirators?
He thinks a just case needs no oath to bind the conspirators.

For what reason does Metellus Cimber want Cicero to join the conspiracy? (What lines from the play specifically?)
Metellus wants Cicero to join the conspiracy because Cicero is old and wise. (lines 144-146: “O, let us have him, for his silver hairs will purchase us a good opinion by men’s voices.”)

Brutus is against including Cicero and against killing Mark Antony. Why?
Cicero will not follow any plan he did not make. Killing Antony is not necessary and it will be too bloody.

Why did Brutus say, “Render me noble of this worthy wife!”?
Portia has shown her concern for him and wants to insists on sharing his emotional burden.

Of what does Calpurnia try to convince Caesar?
She tries to convince him that her dreams are omens of tragedy and that Caesar should not go out.

Caesar yields to Calpurnia’s wishes at first. Why does he change his mind and decide to goto the Senate meeting?
Decius reinterprets Calpurnia’s dream.

What does the note Artemidorus wants to give to Caesar say?
It warns him about the conspiracy.

Augmented
made greater

Entreated
begged; pleaded with

Conspiracy
group plotting harm

Resolution
strong determination

Exploit
act, especially a heroic achievement

Imminent
about to happen

Calpurnia
Caesar’s wife; dreams about Caesar’s death

Lucius
servant to Brutus

Decius
conspirator; convinces Caesar to attend Senate

Portia
Brutus’ wife

Artemidorus
Teacher of Rhetoric; tries to warn Caesar about the conspriracy

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