Julius Caesar Study Guide Act 1

What is the setting? What is being celebrated? The setting is at Rome in the street. And they are celebrating Caesar’s triumph over Pompeii and a feast.
Why do Marullus and Flavius want to drive out the commoners from the street? They don’t like Caesar and they don’t think that he should be celebrated.
What else do Marullus and Flavius do to further hinder the celebration of Caesar’s victory? They take down Caesar’s statues.
Why does Caesar ask Antony to touch Calpurnia? So Calpurnia would be able to have kids
What is a soothsayer? Of what does he warn Caesar? A soothsayer is a fortune teller. And he told Caesar to beware the March of ides. (March 15th)
What does ides mean? Ides mean 15 in ancient Rome.
Does Caesar believe the warning? How do you know? No, because he said he is a dreamer.
Cassius notes Brutus has been quiet. What has been wrong with Brutus lately? Brutus is at conflict with himself.
According to Cassius, how do the people see Brutus? People see him as a well-respected man.
What does Brutus love more than he fears death? The name of honor.
What story does Cassius tell Brutus? What is Cassius’s point in telling this story? Cassius tells Brutus the story of Caesar drowning. And Cassius’s point in telling that story is to show Brutus that he is not a traitor, he just have to kill him.
What is Caesar’s opinion of Cassius? Caesar thinks he thinks to much and that such men are dangerous.
What handicap does Caesar reveal about himself when speaking to Antony? He is deaf in one ear.
How many times was Caesar offered a coronet, or small crown? Three times
What sickness does Caesar have? The falling sickness
How do people react to Caesar’s behavior? The accept him and love him.
What does Cassius plan to do to convince Brutus to conspire against Caesar? He writes letter from other people. And he keeps doing that to make Caesar think that everyone is against him.
What unusual events occur during the storm? The earth shook and a place caught on fire.
What meaning does Cassius interpret from the storm? He explains it as a bad omen but wants to keep going with the assassination.
According to Casca, what are the senators planning to do to Caesar tomorrow? The senators were going to kill Caesar.

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