Julius Caesar: Act I Reading and Study Guide

Wherefore Why
Exeunt Exit
Vulgar Common People
What part of speech is vulgar when used by Flavious in line 72? Noun
Blank Verse Unrhymed Poetry
List characters who speak in Verse Flavious, Marullus, Cobbler, and Cinna
What possible reason do some characters speak in prose and some speak in verse? Shows how much power or authority they have.
Tragedy Events or experiences that end unwell or unhappily.
Pun Play on words.
Example of Pun Basest Mettle
Conflict Struggle/problem between two people or things.
External Conflicts 1. Chaos vs. Order2. Superstition vs. Reality3. Live vs. Death
Internal Conflict Loyalty vs. Loyalty
Soliloquey When characters talks to himself or the audience.
Example of Soliloquey Cassius plans to write fake letters to Brutus to convince him that he is more loved than caesar.
Iambic Meter Unstressed syllables followed by stressed syllables.
Iambic Pentameter Consists of an unrhymed line with 5 accents.
Metaphor Figure of speech.
Example of Metaphor “…and honest Casca, we have the falling sickness.”
Simile Comparing 2 unlike things.
Example of Simile He doth bestride the narrow world like a colossus.
What is the setting? What holiday is being celebrated? Rome; Caesar’s Return
Who are Marullus and Flavious? Attributes
Why do they want to drive the commoners from the street? Because they don’t believe in or accept Rome’s obscene love for Caesar.
What else do Marullus and Flavious do to further hinder the celebration of Caesar’s victory? They took decorations off of Caesar’s Statue.
What does Caesar tell Antony to do to Calphurnia? To whip her so she can be fertile.
Why might Caesar ask Antony in front of everyone else? To prove authority over them, plus to humiliate her.
What is a soothsayer? Of what does he warn Caesar? A prophet; The ides of March.
What does Ides mean? The middle of something.
Does Marcus Brutus like Caesar? What does Brutus think of Caesar’s rise to power? Yes; He doesn’t like it.
Brutus says, “For let the gods so speed me as I love/The name of honor more than I fear death.” What do these lines imply about Brutus’s most important value in life? That he values honor over death.
What story does Cassius tell Brutus? Caesar can’t swim because he is too weak.
What is Cassius’s point in telling this story? To prove that they are equal to him.
What is Caesar’s opinion of Cassius? He’s skinny and untrustworthy
What handicap does Caesar reveal about himself when speaking to Antony? He’s deaf in one ear.
How many times was Caesar offered a coronet, or a small crown? 3 times
What was Caesar’s reaction to the offering, according to Casca? He refused it every time until it started to become more difficult.
What sickness does Caesar have? Epilepsy
What happens to Marullus and Flavious? They get arrested.
What does Cassius plan to do to convince Brutus to conspire against Caesar? Throw fake letters into his window.
What unusual events occur during the storm? 1. A man’s hand catches on fire but isn’t burned2. A lioness gave birth3. There were ghosts and an owl
What meaning does Cassius interpret from the storm? A bad omen.
According to Casca, what are the senators planning to do to Caesar tomorrow? Make him king.
Who is definitely part of the conspiracy? Cassius, Brutus, Casca, Cinna, Metellus

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