Question Set on The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

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Character List:
Flavius - tribune who breaks up crowd waiting to honor Caesar's triumph Marcellus - tribune who breaks up crowd waiting to honor Caesar's triumph Julius Caesar - Emperor of Rome
Casca - first to stab Caesar
Calpurnia - Caesar's wife
Mark Antony - devoted follower of Caesar; defeats Brutus
Soothsayer - warns Caesar to "Beware the Ides of March"
Brutus - joins and then leads the conspiracy to kill Caesar
Cassius - organizes the conspiracy and gets Brutus to join
Cicero - Roman Senator Casca to whom talks on the eve of the assassination Cinna - plants the forged letter for Cassius, also a conspirator Cinna (the poet) - mistaken for Cinna the conspirator
Lucius - servant to Brutus
Decius - reinterprets Calpurnia's dream and convinces Caesar to go to Senate Metellus - distracts Caesar's attention so conspirators can carry out their plan Trebonius - takes Antony away from the assassination scene so he won't interfere Portia - wife of Brutus

Ligarius - vows to follow Brutus
Publius - one of many who escort Caesar to the Senate meeting Artemidorus - gives Caesar a letter of warning naming the conspirators Papilius - wishes Cassius well in his "enterprise"
Octavius - heir of Julius Caesar
Lepidus - joins with Octavius and Antony, used by Octavius and Antony Pindarus - servant to Cassius
Lucilius - captured by Antony's soldiers, mistaken for Brutus Messala - reports Portia's death, discovers Cassius' body
Varro - servant of Brutus
Claudius - servant of Brutus
Titinius - officer, guards tent at Sardis
Cato - soldier in army of Brutus and Cassius
Clitus - servant of Brutus, refused to kill Brutus
Dardanius - servant of Brutus, refused to kill Brutus
Volumnius - friend and soldier to Brutus, refuses to hold Brutus' sword Strato - holds Brutus' suicide sword

Act I

1. In Scene I, what do Flavius and Marcellus want the commoners to do? They want the commoners to break up and move along; they don't want them to celebrate Caesar's triumphs.

2. What is the Soothsayer's advice to Caesar?
The Soothsayer told Caesar to "Beware the Ides of March."

3. Explain the difference between the views of Caesar held by Cassius and Brutus. Cassius openly wants Caesar out of power. He is jealous and wants better for himself. Brutus has been thinking about Caesar and the state of his countrymen, and at this point is ready to listen to Cassius. Although Brutus loves Caesar, he recognizes Caesar's flaws.

4. Caesar clearly gives his thoughts about Cassius. What does he say? Caesar says that Cassius "has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much and such men are dangerous."

5. Summarize Casca's explanation of why Caesar looked so sad. Antony offered Caesar a crown. When he refused it, the crowd cheered. So, although Caesar really wanted the crown, he at that point could not publicly accept it. Then he had a seizure.

6. At the end of Scene II in lines 312 - 326, Cassius makes plans. What plans does he make? Why?
He is going to forge notes to Brutus from several citizens in order to help sway Brutus against Caesar.

7. Casca says, "For I believe they are portentous things/Unto the climate that they point upon." What does he mean?
He thinks the list of "unnatural" sights he has just told Cicero about are signs of the tragedy about to unfold in their country.

8. Why does Cassius want Brutus to join the conspiracy?
Brutus is a favorite of the people. He is honorable and well-thought-of. If the people would see that Brutus supported the conspiracy, the conspirators would be in better favor with the people following the assassination.

Act II
1. To what decision does Brutus come in his orchard? Why?
He decides to join the conspiracy to murder Caesar. He believes after Caesar is crowned, he will abuse his power, so Brutus thinks it best to "kill him in the shell; that is, to murder him before he gets a chance to abuse his power.

2. What does Lucius give to Brutus in Scene I?
He brings the...
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