- ELAGSE9-10RL2 Determine a theme or central idea of text and closely analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
Learning Target: I can review the content of the play Julius Caesar.
Activator: Shakespeare Summarized: Caesar! I haven’t shown you this one yet because it’s kinda long, but it’s really good, so I thought you’d enjoy it today!
Work Session: Today you’ll be working on a study guide for your test on Wednesday. I’ll swing by once a block to collect money for Caesar:60, which is TOMORROW!!!!!!!
Here are the study questions:
Julius Caesar Study Guide
Name: _______________________________________________ Block: _______________
ACT I, SCENE I.
- How does Shakespeare make the common people appear to be less than noble?
- What are the people doing that angers Marullus and Flavius? Why does this anger them?
- What actions do Marullus and Flavius take to correct the situation?
ACT I, SCENE II.
- Why does Caesar want Calphurnia to stand in Antony’s path during the race in honor of the feast of Lupercal?
- What is Antony’s response to Caesar’s instructions? What does this suggest about their relationship?
- What is Caesar’s reaction to the soothsayer’s warning?
- What complaint does Cassius make about Brutus’s behavior towards him? How does Brutus answer this complaint?
- Cassius’s story attacks what aspect of Caesar’s makeup? What is this attack supposed to say to Brutus?
- What does Cassius mean by the following statement? “’Brutus’ will start a spirit as soon as ‘Caesar'(147).”
- How does Brutus respond to Cassius’s attack on Caesar?
- What astute observation does Caesar make of Cassius?
- What faults does Caesar see in Cassius’s nature?
- What does Caesar mean by the following statement? “I rather tell thee what is to be feared/Than what I fear; for always I am Caesar.” (211-12)
- What does this statement show about Caesar’s nature?
- What story does Casca relate to Brutus and Cassius? What does Casca tell us by the personal remarks he adds to the story?
- How did the people react to Caesar’s fit? What does this tell us about their feelings for Caesar?
- What information does Casca give about Marullus and Flavius?
- At the end of the scene, what plans does Cassius make to sway Brutus to his cause?
ACT I, SCENE III.
- What wonderous things has Casca seen on this night?
- What reason does Cassius give for the terrible storm?
- What important news does Casca give Cassius about the Senate’s plan?
- What does Casius mean by the following statement? “He were no lion, were not Romans hinds.”(106)
- What instructions does Cassius give Cinna that will help sway Brutus to their cause?
- What reason does Casca give for wanting Brutus to join their cause?
ACT II, SCENE I.
- What question is Brutus pondering at the opening of the scene?
- For what information does Brutus want Lucius to look at a calendar? What is the significance of what Lucius finds?
- Why do the conspirators want Cicero to join them?
- Why does Brutus reject Cicero? What is Cassius’s reaction and what does this show about his and Brutus’s relationship?
- What do the conspirators plan to do the next day?
- How does Decius say he will make sure that Caesar will come to the Capitol?
- What has Portia done to show Brutus that she is worthy of knowing his secrets?
ACT II, SCENE II.
- What strange and horrible things does Calphurnia report to Caesar that have been seen that night?
- What does Calphurnia mean by the following statement?
“When beggars die, there are no comets seen;/The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.”(30-31)
- How does Decius convince Caesar to go to the Capitol?
ACT II, SCENE III.
- What is Artemidorus’s plan?
ACT II, SCENE IV.
- Why is Portia so nervous and upset? On what errand does she send Lucius?
ACT III, SCENE I.
- In regard to Artemidorus’s request, how does Caesar’s nobility doom him?
- What is Metellus Cimber’s petition to Caesar? What is Caesar’s response and why does he give this response?
- What does Brutus instruct the conspirators to do before they go before the public? Why does he instruct them to do this?
- What request does Antony’s servant bring to Brutus? What is Brutus’s response?
- Why does Cassius object to letting Antony speak at Caesar’s funeral? What reassurance does Brutus give him?
- What promise does Antony give Brutus about his funeral speech?
- After being left alone with Caesar’s body, what does Antony promise to do?
ACT III, SCENE II.
- What reason does Brutus give for murdering Caesar? What is the crowd’s reaction?
- What final mistake does Brutus make in letting Antony speak?
- Why does Antony read Caesar’s will to the people?
- At the end of the scene, what are the fates of Brutus and Cassius?
ACT III, SCENE III.
- What is the significance of this scene?
ACT IV, SCENE I.
- What are Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus doing at the opening of the scene?
- Why do they want Caesar’s will? What is ironic about this?
- What is Antony’s plan for Lepidus? What is his reason?
ACT IV, SCENE II.
- What does Brutus tell Lucilius about dying love?
- What practical instructions does Brutus give Cassius about their disagreement? What is unusual about this?
ACT IV, SCENE III.
- What wrong does Cassius say Brutus has done him?
- In response, what does Brutus condemn Cassius for doing?
- What does Cassius threaten to do if Brutus continues to “urge” him?
- According to Brutus, how has Cassius wronged him? What is ironic about Brutus’s accusation?
- To prove that he has been wronged, what does Cassius tell Brutus to do to him?
- What is the real reason for Brutus’s ill temper? Give all of the details.
- Messala brings what ill news of the triumvirate’s actions in Rome?
- What reasons does Cassius give for not going directly to Philippi?
- What reasons does Brutus give for going directly to Philippi? Who prevails?
- What happens to make Brutus speed up his plans to go to Philippi?
ACT V, SCENE I.
- What hope of Octavius and Antony is answered? What does this say about Brutus?
- What does Cassius mean by the following statement?
“Flatterers! Now, Brutus, thank yourself;/This tongue had not offended so today,/If Cassius might have ruled.”(45-47)
- What ominous sign has Cassius seen that causes him to fear the coming battle?
- What does Brutus say he will do if they lose the battle? Why is he reluctant to do this?
ACT V, SCENE III.
- What horrible mistake does Cassius make? What is the outcome of this mistake?
- What is Titinius’s reaction to Cassius’s actions?
- What is Brutus’s response to Cassius’s and Titinius’s actions?
ACT V, SCENE IV.
- What role does Lucilius take upon himself? What was Antony’s response to his masquerade?
ACT V, SCENE V.
- What request does Brutus make of Clitus? What is his response?
- What does Brutus ask Volumnius to do? What reasons does he give? What is Volumnius’s response?
- What does Strato do for Brutus? What does Strato ask Brutus to do first? Why?
- What overture of peace does Octavius make to Brutus’s men?
- How do Antony and Octavius honor Brutus?
Closing session: Trade papers with a partner and fill in any questions you missed 🙂
Assessment: Normally I let the test stand as assessment for the study guide, but since I’m out today, I’m going to grade this one!!
Differentiation: Process (annotated texts given as needed)