Act V, Sc. 1: Near Philippi
1. At the beginning of the scene, Octavius and Mark Antony clash on military strategy. What conflict of Act IV does this parallel?
2. The four leaders (Octavius, Antony, Brutus, Cassius) meet on the battlefield before the fighting begins. Which statements are true about the purpose of that meeting? (Hint: More than one of these is true.)
a. It served little strategic purpose
b. To make bets on the outcome
c. To insult each other
d. To get “pumped up” for the battle
3. The final battle takes place on
a. Caesar’s birthday.
b. the ides of March.
c. Brutus’ birthday.
d. Cassius’ birthday.
4. As you read lines 70-125, there is a feeling that...
a. both men think they will probably lose the battle.
b. Brutus is confident of victory, while Cassius is not.
c. Cassius is confident of victory while Brutus is not.
d. both men are confident of victory.
Act V, Sc. 2 and 3: On different parts of the battlefield
1. Why does Cassius send Titinius down the hill on horseback?
a. to find out if the soldiers by his tents are friends or enemies
b. to break through enemy lines in order to get help from Brutus
c. to see how the battle is going
d. to pick up a pizza for his hungry men
2. To whom does Cassius speak his last words?
3. Why does Cassius ask Pindarus to kill him?
4. Why does Titinius commit suicide?
a. So he would not be taken prisoner by Antony’s men
b. Peer pressure
c. To show how much he loved Cassius
d. He knew he was going to die anyway
5. Describe how Brutus feels about Cassius’ death.
Act V, Sc. 4 and 5: On different parts of the battlefield
1. What does Brutus ask of Clitus, Dardanius, and Volumnius?
2. How do each of the three men respond?
3. How does Brutus finally die?
4. In Antony’s last speech over Brutus’ body, how does Antony compare Brutus to the rest of the conspirators?
5. Who has the last lines in the play? What is significant about the fact that he has the last lines?
Record your answers on a separate sheet of paper. You must answer in complete sentences.
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