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Julius Caesar Review

At the beginning of Act One, Roman citizens are celebrating Caesar’s recent victories
True

A soothsayer tells Caesar that the ides of March will bring him good luck
False

Caesar is offered the crown three times but rejects it each time
True

Mark Antony is the leading schemer against Caesar
False

Brutus is almost convinced that Caesar’s life must be sacrificed for the common good at the end of Act 1
True

Cassius tells of a time when he saved Caesar from drowning
True

Caesar is aware of the plot against his life
False

Explain the difference between the views of Cesar held by Cassius and Brutus
Cassius openly wants Caesar out of power. Brutus loves Caesar but recognizes his flaws and thinks about the state of this countrymen.

Casca says, “For I believe they are portentous things/Unto the climate that they point upon.” What does he mean?
He thinks the “unnatural” sights he has seen are signs of tragedy about to unfold in his country

Why does Cassius want Brutus to join the conspiracy?
Brutus is well thought of by the people. If he supported the conspiracy, the conspirators would be in better factor with the people following the assassination

Who was the leader of Rome prior to Caesar?
Pompey

List of Conspirators:
Casca
Cassius
Cinna
Decius
Trebonius
Metellus Cimber
Brutus
Ligarius

To what decision does Brutus come in his orchard? Why?
He decides to join the conspiracy to murder Caesar because he thinks Caesar will abuse his power if he is crowned

What does Lucius give to Brutus in Scene , Act 2?
He brings the forged note that has been thrown in the window

Why doesn’t Brutus want to swear on oath with the conspirators?
He thinks a just cause needs no oath to bind the doers to their cause

Brutus is against including Cicero and against killing Mark Antony. Why?
Cicero will not follow any plan started by someone else, and killing Mark Antony would be too bloody

For what reason does Metellus Cimber want Cicero to join the conspiracy?
“…his silver hairs will purchase us a good opinion. And buy men’s voices to commend our deeds…”

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

Of what does Calphurnia try to convince Caesar?
Her dreams are omens of tragedy, and he should not go to the Senate meeting.

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

What does the note Artemidorus wants to give Caesar say?
It warns Caesar of the Conspiracy and names the conspirators

“Alas, my lord,/Your wisdom is consum’d in confidence.”
Calphurnia says these words when she warns Caesar of impending danger

When the Senate session begins, Metellus offers Caesar a crown
False

The first conspirator to stab Caesar is Casca
True

Antony asks the conspirators to spare Caesar’s life
False

After Caesar’s assassination, Antony flees to his house
True

In his speech to the citizens after the assassination, Brutus cites his love for Caesar
True

Brutus says to listen to Antony’s speech
False

Antony’s speech turns the crowd against the conspirators
True

Antony never has a chance to tell the citizens about Caesar’s will
False

The citizens are portrayed as loyal and steadfast
False

An angry mob attacks Cinna the Poet
True

Mark Antony warns Lucius Pella to stay away from Rome because it is too dangerous
False

What is ironic about the timing of Caesar’s murder (in relation to proceeding events)?
He is destroyed just after proclaiming his magnificence and indestructibility

In the moments following Caesar’s death, what do the conspirators proclaim to justify their deeds?
“Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!”

Antony’s servant brings a message to Brutus. What does he say?
Antony praises Brutus for begin honest and requests to be able to safely see Brutus to hear why Caesar was murdered

Antony wants to speak at Caesar’s funeral. What reaction does Brutus have? Cassius?
Brutus agrees, but Cassius thinks it is dangerous to let Antony speak to the people.

Under what conditions will Antony speak at the funeral?
He must not blame the conspirators, admit he speaks by their permission, and speak last, after Brutus.

What did Brutus say to the people at the funeral?
He told them the assassination was the only logical way to do the best thing for the people

What did Antony say to the people at the funeral in his now famous “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” speech?
He contradicts the accusation made by the conspirators of treason and demands that they be put to death for Caesar’s murder

Why did Brutus and Cassius flee rome?
Their lives were in danger after Antony’s remarks at the funeral

What is the point of Act 3 Scene 3
It graphically shows the violent mood of the crowd

How many men are in the conspiracy?
8 people

Brutus sees Caesar’s ghost
True

What problem has developed between Cassius and Brutus? How is it resolved?
Brutus accuses Cassius of accepting bribes.

What message did Caesar’s ghost bring Brutus?
He would see Brutus’ ghost at Philippi.

After he sees Brutus’s body, Antony says that he hated this conspirator more than any other
False

How does Brutus die?
He kills himself with his sword

Why did Antony say Brutus was the “noblest Roman of them all”?
The others killed Caesar for personal gain, but Brutus believed he was doing the right thing for his countrymen

Tribunes who breaks up crowd waiting to honor Caesar’s triumph
Flavius and Murellus

Emperor of Rome
Julius Caesar

1st conspirator to stab Caesar
Casca

Caesar’s wife
Calphurnia

Devoted follower of Caesar; defeats Brutus
Mark Antony

Warns Caesar to “Beware the ides of March”
Soothsayer

Joins conspiracy to kill Caesar
Brutus

Organizes the conspiracy and gets Brutus to join
Cassius

Senator Brutus does not want to include in the conspiracy; wise man
Cicero

Plants the forged letter for Cassius, also a conspirator
Cinna

Mistaken for Cinna the conspirator
Cinna the poet

Brutus’ Servant
Lucius

Reinterprets Calphurnia’s dream and convinces Caesar to go to the Senate
Decius

Distracts Caesar’s attention so conspirators can carry out their plan
Metellus

Takes Antony away from the assassination scene so he won’t interfere
Trebonius

Brutus’s wife
Portia

Vows to follow Brutus
Ligarius

One of many who escort Caesar to the Senate meeting
Publius

Gives Caesar a letter of warning naming the conspirators
Artemidorus

wishes Cassius well in his ‘enterprise’
Popilius

Heir fo Julius Caesar
Octavius

Joins with Octavius and Antony, used by Octavius and Antony
Lepidus

Servant to Cassius
Pindarus

Captured by Antony’s soldiers, mistaken for Brutus
Lucilius

Reports the number of senators killed by the triumvirate, discovers Cassius’s body
Messala

Servants to Brutus
Varrus and Claudio

Officer, guards tent at Sardis and kills himself when he learns Cassius is dead
Titinius

soldier in army of Brutus and Cassius
Cato

servants of Brutus, refuse to kill Brutus
Clitus and Dardanius

friend and solider to Brutus, refuses to hold Brutus’s sword
Volumnius

Holds Brutus’ suicide sword
Strato

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