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Julius Caesar Act V Study Guide
Vocabulary 1. parley (n)
2. cur (n)
3. bestow (v) 4. legions (n)5. vile (adj)
6. tarrying (n)
7. disconsolate (adj)
8. misconstrued (v)
9. entrails (n)
10. bondage (n)
1. Which four characters confront each other at the beginning of Act V? What do they say to each other?
2. What does Brutus wish for at the end of Scene 1?
3. As the battle is waged, both sides achieve mixed results. Who triumphs over whom?4. What events and mistakes lead to Cassius’ suicide?
5. Why does Lucilius behave strangely in scene 4? What is Antony’s reaction when Lucilius is captured?
6. How does Brutus die?
7. How do Antony and Octavius react to Brutus’ death? 8. Shakespeare knew that the young Octavius would eventually eliminate Antony, his rival for power, and rule the Roman empire as Augustus Caesar. In Scene 1 of Act V, there are hints that Octavius is beginning to assert himself. What are these hints? What significance is there in the fact that Octavius delivers the last line of the play? 9. What are the two ancient philosophies referred to in Scene 1? What do you think of these philosophies? Are there similar codes of behavior today?
10. Identify three instances of irony in Act V. How do these ironies affect your feelings about the action at this point? 11. Compare the dying words of Brutus and Cassius. How does each man’s final speech shed light on his attitude toward Caesar’s murder and his character in general?
12. Taking everything into consideration, describe your view of Brutus at the end. Did he misread the evidence that Caesar might become a tyrant? Should he have betrayed a friend for the public good? Knowing that the citizens of Rome were such a fickle, irresponsible mob, was he wrong in doing away with a strong man who could bring order out of the chaos? Give evidence from the play to support your answer.