Record your answers on a separate sheet of paper.
You must answer in complete sentences.
Act I, Sc. 1: A street in Rome
1. Near the end of Scene I, what do Flavius and Marullus plan to do?
2. What worries them about Caesar?
3. Why are Marullus and Flavius determined to destroy the celebration of Caesar’s
victory over Pompey?
4. A pun is a word that is used in an unconventional, often humorous way, so as to suggest multiple meanings. Though the use of puns is not generally considered a dramatic technique, Shakespeare does use such word play to define dramatic conflicts. Scan the following sentences for examples of puns. Write down the letters of the following sentences that actually contain puns:
a. Those new police computers really help take a byte out of crime.
b. Gary almost lost his head when someone tried to cut in line.
c. I don’t know why anyone would want to see the rock band Electrified Zombies.
d. My Dad speaks cross words only when he’s doing the New York Times Sunday Puzzle.
e. A man looking very down in the mouth tried to make his way to the front of the line.
f. Because our tiny kitten liked cold-cuts, we named her Deli-cat.
g. “We broke our necks to get here on time,” Gary said.
Act I, Sc. 2: A public place in Rome
1. Contrast Marc Antony and Brutus using at least three differences about the men.
2. Find and write two examples that Cassius uses to show that Caesar has a “weak character.”
3. Choose two of the following words that best describe Cassius’ tone in his conversation with Brutus:
helpful, cunning, deceitful, shrewd, humble, arrogant, premeditated, irrational, loving, or manipulative
4. Despite their friendship, why doesn’t Brutus want Caesar to become king?
5. Who does Caesar characterize as having “a lean and hungry” look? Given Caesar’s superstitious
nature, how would you expect him to behave in this person’s presence?
6. Who explains the shouts of the distant crowds to Brutus and Cassius? If his account is plausible, what does it say about Caesar?
Act I, Sc. 3: A street in Rome
1. Why is Casca frightened as this scene opens?
2. What does Cassius think the signs mean?
3. Throughout the play so far, we have seen that Cassius doesn’t think too highly of Caesar. Write some of the words/phrases that Cassius has used that show his contempt for Caesar.
4. O, he sits high in all the people’s hearts,
And that which would appear offense in us,
His countenance, like richest alchemy
Will change to virtue and to worthiness.
Who speaks the following quote? About whom is it said? What does it mean?
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