Julius Caesar Study Guide
1. What is the official title of the job held by Flavius and Marullus? Describe the function of the job. (You may have to use an outside source to find the answer.) The official title of the job held by Flavius and Marullus is tribunes. Tribunes are officials appointed to administer the law.
2. Why are Flavius and Marullus upset at the common folk celebrating? Flavius and Marullus are upset because the common folk are waiting on Ceaser even though he killed Pompey. 3. Who Was Pompey?
Pompey was a Roman politician and general defeated by Ceaser. 4. What does Marullus mean when he says: “You blocks, you stones, and you worse than senseless things! O you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome, Knew you not Pompey?” The Roman citizens were cheering for Ceaser after they were cheering for Pompey.
5. What does Flavius mean when he states: “These growing feathers plucked from Caesar’s wing will make him fly an ordinary pitch? Who else would soar above the view of men and keep us all in servile fearfulness?” Flavius means that he takes off the decorations off the statue like he would pluck the feathers off a bird. Scene 2
6. What is the reason Caesar wants Antony to touch Calphurnia as he runs the race? Caesar wants Antony to touch Calphurnia as he runs the race because he believes she will get pregnant. 7. What is revealed about Antony’s character when he says: “When Caesar says ‘Do this,’ it is performed.” Antony is loyal to Ceaser and he is a flatterer to Ceaser.
8. What does the Soothsayer tell Caesar?
The soothsayer tells Ceaser to beware the ides of March.
9. What is Caesar’s reaction to the Soothsayer’s words?
Ceaser dismisses the soothsayer because Ceaser thinks the soothsayer is crazy. 10. Compare Caesar’s attitude toward superstitions with Calphurnia on the one hand, and the Soothsayer on the other. What does this suggest about Caesar’s character? Ceaser chooses what he wants to believe.
11. What reason does Brutus give Cassius for his apparently preoccupied behavior? Brutus’s reason was because he was having internal conflict. 12. What does Cassius mean when he offers to be the “mirror” into which Brutus should look? Cassius will tell Brutus how highly people think of Brutus.
13. What does Brutus reveal about his own character when he says: “If it aught be toward the general good, set honor in one eye and death I’ th’other, and I will look on both indifferently.” Brutus will fight for the good of Rome.
14. Describe the two past incidents that Cassius refers to in his observations about Caesar. Cassius saved Caesar’s life by pulling him out of the Tiber River. Ceaser got sick in Spain. 15. What does Cassius mean when he states: “Why man he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus, and we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about to find ourselves dishonorable graves. Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, in not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings. Cassius means that Ceaser wants all citizens of Rome to look up to him.
16. What does Caesar indicate when he states: “Let me have men about me that are fat, sleek-headed men, and such as sleep a-nights. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.” Ceaser wants politicians who are satisfied with the position they hold in the government. 17. Why is it ironic when Antony says to Caesar: “Fear him not, Caesar, he’s not dangerous.” Cassius is actually dangerous even though Antony doesn’t know it. 18. What is Caesar’s response about fearing Cassius? What does this indicate about his character? Ceaser says that he is afraid of anything. Ceaser likes to blow up his ego.
19. What does Casca report about Caesar, Antony, Marullus, and Flavius? Marullus and Flavius were banished for removing decorations from Caesar’s statue. Antony oferred Ceasear the crown three times and Ceaser turned it down all three times....
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