Act II, Sc. I: Rome, Brutus’ garden
1. Throughout this scene, Brutus resents the sneaky way the others are going about things. Remember, he wants to kill Caesar for the good of Rome, and he believes that this noble cause shouldn’t be smeared by “criminal-like” behavior. Give an example when Brutus spoke out against the behavior of the others.
2. Who is the only one that doesn’t seem to want Cicero to be in on the plot?
3. Why do the others pacify him?
4. Why does Cassius plot to kill Mark Antony as well as Caesar?
5. How does Brutus persuade Cassius not to kill Mark Antony? This was a tactical error, and Cassius knew it, but why was he willing to make it?
6. Who volunteers to make sure Caesar goes out to the Capitol the next day?
7. At what time are they planning to meet Caesar?
8. Who is Portia?
9. What does Portia want to know?
10. What is Brutus’ answer?
Act II, Sc. 2: Rome, Caesar’s house
1. Caesar does not fear death because
a. he thinks he is immortal.
b. it must come to all men.
c. the fortune tellers say all is well.
2. Why does Calphurnia object to Caesar’s going to the Capitol?
3. Using two or three sentences, describe Calphurnia’s dream.
4. How many ploys does Decius use to get Caesar to go to the Senate? Explain each one. Why do you think
Caesar was more ready to believe Decius’s interpretation of the dream than Calphurnia’s interpretation?
Act II, Sc. 3 and 4: A street in Rome and at the house of Brutus
1. In Scene 3, what seems to be the one remaining hope that Caesar may yet be saved?
2. According to Artemidorus, what is it that allows others to plot assassinations?
3. In the following quote from Artemidorus, what or who does “goodness” symbolize? What or who does
“jealousy’s envious fangs” symbolize?
My heart grieves that goodness cannot live out of reach of jealousy’s envious fangs.
jealousy’s envious fangs =
4. What evidence is there that Portia is starting to lose control?
5. Brutus shows himself to be a poor judge of character. How? He also makes several key mistakes. What are they?
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