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Julius Caesar Study Guide Worksheets and Answer Keys

Julius Caesar Act I Study Guide Worksheet


 


 

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Julius Caesar Study Guide: Act I Vocabulary: Write down the definition for each of the following vocab words from Act I.


 

1.  barren (adj)

                                                                                   

2.  blunt (adj)

                                                                                   

3.  conspirator (n)

                                                                       

4.  countenance (n)

                                   

5.  encompass (v)


 

6.  infirmity (n)


 

7.  portentous (adj)


 

8.  servile (adj)


 

9.  soothsayer (n)


 

10.  torrent (n)


 


 

Directions: Answer each of the following questions based on your reading of Act I.


 

1. Explain why the working men are celebrating in the first scene.  Why does Marullus reproach them?


 


 


 


 

2. What is the setting of Scene 2?  What warning does the soothsayer give Caesar, and what is Caesar’s response?


 


 


 


 

3. Explain what Cassius want to convince Brutus of in Scene 2?


 


 


 

4. Why does Caesar, in Scene 2, think Cassius is dangerous?  What qualities disturb him?


 


 


 


 


 

5. Describe what happens when Caesar is offered the crown, according to Casca?


 


 


 


 


 


 

6. Caesar stands astride the world as a powerful ruler, yet he suffers many personal weaknesses. Various characters will us what these are, and they say that a man who is as human as anyone else would not act life a god and rule the world.  What exactly are Caesar’s infirmities and weaknesses?


 


 


 

7. At the end of Scene 2, how does Cassius say he will pursue his plan to involve Brutus in the conspiracy against Caesar?


 


 


 

8. Believing that nature mirrors the disorders in human lives, Shakespeare heightens the atmosphere of terror as the conspirators gather to discuss their plans.  What details in Scene 3 do you think evoke this sense of danger and terror?


 


 


 


 

9. Who is the moving force, the protagonist, who drives the action, in Act I?  By the act’s end, what steps has he taken to achieve his goal?


 


 


 


 

10. How would you describe the play’s conflict as it is established in Act I?


 


 


 


 


 

11. Shakespeare uses even minor conflicts and events to set up the basic situation of the play and to foreshadow future conflicts and events.  Explain what you learn from this act about the moods and loyalties for the Roman mob.  


 


 


 


 

12. A healthy republic requires a reasonably intelligent and responsive citizenry.  Throughout this play people of Rome are described as “trash” or worse.  Point out passages in Act I where various nobles express their contempt for the common people.  How does this make you feel about these characters? Do the people seem to deserve a republic?


 


 


 


 


 

13. Cassius tell Brutus several anecdotes about Caesar in Scene 2.  What is Cassius implying through these stories? 


 


 


 


 


 

14.  Do you have any conflicting feeling about Caesar during this act?  Describe your impressions of his character, based on what you observe of his speeches and actins and on what other characters say about him.

Julius Caesar Act I Study Guide Worksheet Answer Key


 


 

Name:________________________________


 

Julius Caesar Study Guide: Act I

Vocabulary: Write down the definition for each of the following vocab words from Act I.


 

1.  barren (adj) unable to have children

                                                                                   

2.  blunt (adj)  direct, to the point (to the point of rudeness)

                                                                                   

3.  conspirator (n) one who is involved in a secret plan

                                                                       

4.  countenance (n)  face

                                   

5.  encompass (v) to surround or include


 

6.  infirmity (n) illness


 

7.  portentous (adj) arrogant, pompous


 

8.  servile (adj) like a servant, obendient


 

9.  soothsayer (n)  a fortuneteller


 

10.  torrent (n)  a flood


 


 

Directions: Answer each of the following questions based on your reading of Act I.


 

1. Explain why the working men are celebrating in the first scene.  Why does Marullus reproach them?

They are celebrating Caesar’s recent victory over Pompey, the previous ruler of Rome. Marullus is angry because the people used to support Pompey, but now they have changed their minds.  They are “fair-weather fans”


 

2. What is the setting of Scene 2?  What warning does the soothsayer give Caesar, and what is Caesar’s response?

Scene 2 takes place in a public place in Rome during the festival of Lupercal. Soothsayer tells Caesar to beware the ides of March.  Caesar ignores the warning.


 

3. Explain what Cassius want to convince Brutus of in Scene 2?

Cassius wants to convince Brutus that he would be a better leader than Caesar.  He also wants to show Brutus that Caesar is a bad leader, that he’s power-hungry.


 

4. Why does Caesar, in Scene 2, think Cassius is dangerous?  What qualities disturb him?

Caesar worries because Cassius thinks too much, he watches people, he does not like fun and games, he reads a lot, etc.  He says that people like Cassius are never happy if they see someone better off than themselves.


 

5. Describe what happens when Caesar is offered the crown, according to Casca?

After Caesar is offered the crown, he refuses it, but looks like he wants it.  After the 3rd time, Caesar has a seizure during which he says something about how someone should kill him.  Then the common women fawned over him.


 

6. Caesar stands astride the world as a powerful ruler, yet he suffers many personal weaknesses. Various characters will us what these are, and they say that a man who is as human as anyone else would not act life a god and rule the world.  What exactly are Caesar’s infirmities and weaknesses?

Caesar is deaf in one ear, he’s epileptic, he can’t swim, and he cries when he has a fever


 

7. At the end of Scene 2, how does Cassius say he will pursue his plan to involve Brutus in the conspiracy against Caesar?

Cassius will leave letters on Brutus’ property that seem to be from different commoners.  The letters will tell Brutus that people dislike Caesar and that they wish Brutus was the leader.


 

8. Believing that nature mirrors the disorders in human lives, Shakespeare heightens the atmosphere of terror as the conspirators gather to discuss their plans.  What details in Scene 3 do you think evoke this sense of danger and terror?

The storm, the lion at the capitol, the people made of flames, the owl at daytime, the fire falling from the sky, etc.


 

9. Who is the moving force, the protagonist, who drives the action, in Act I?  By the act’s end, what steps has he taken to achieve his goal?

Cassius is the protagonist so far—his goal is to get rid of Caesar.  So far he has assembled a group of conspirators and worked toward convincing Brutus


 

10. How would you describe the play’s conflict as it is established in Act I?

The conflict seems to be between people who love Caesar (commoners, Antony), and people who want to get rid of him (Cassius, conspirators).  Brutus is somewhere in the middle.


 

11. Shakespeare uses even minor conflicts and events to set up the basic situation of the play and to foreshadow future conflicts and events.  Explain what you learn from this act about the moods and loyalties for the Roman mob.  

The Roman mob seems easily swayed by anyone who appeals to their emotions.  They loved Pompey, but now that Caesar is victorious, they love him.


 

12. A healthy republic requires a reasonably intelligent and responsive citizenry.  Throughout this play people of Rome are described as “trash” or worse.  Point out passages in Act I where various nobles express their contempt for the common people.  How does this make you feel about these characters? Do the people seem to deserve a republic?

Marullus: You blocks, you stones…  Casca’s description of the attempted coronation

Student responses will vary.


 

13. Cassius tell Brutus several anecdotes about Caesar in Scene 2.  What is Cassius implying through these stories? 

Cassius implies that Caesar is no better than any of them, but he has been given all this power as if he were a god.  In fact, perhaps Brutus or Cassius would be a better leader.


 

14.    Do you have any conflicting feeling about Caesar during this act?  Describe your impressions of his character, based on what you observe of his speeches and actins and on what other characters say about him.

Student responses will vary.

Julius Caesar Act II Study Guide Worksheet

Name: ________________________


Julius Caesar Act II Study Guide

Vocabulary Words:


 

1.  taper (n)


 

2.  spurn (v)


 

3.  base (adj)


 

4.  augmented (adj)


 

5.  insurrection (n)


 

6.  visage (n)


 

7.  affability (n)


 

8.  redress (n)


 

9.  constancy (n)


 

10.  imminent (adj)


 


 

1.  What is the setting of Act II, Scene 1? (date, time, place)


 


 


 

2.  What reasons does Brutus have for thinking that Caesar should be killed even though Caesar has not done anything wrong yet?


 


 


 


 

3.  What letter does Lucius bring to Brutus?  What does it say?


 


 


 


 


 

4.  How are Cassius and Brutus related?


 


 

5.  Why is it suggested that Cicero not be asked to join the conspiracy?


 


 


 

6.  Why does Brutus say that the conspirators should not kill Antony? (2 reasons)


 


 


 


 


 

7.  Why does Portia suspect that something is wrong with Brutus?


 


 


 


 

8.  What reason does Brutus give Portia for his strange behavior?


 


 


 


 

9.  Portia tries to convince Brutus to tell her his secret. How does she try to convince him?


 


 


 


 

10.  Who comes to see Brutus at the end of scene 1?  Why does Brutus want to talk to him?


 


 


 


 

11.  In scene 2, who else has had trouble sleeping?  Why?


 


 


 

12.  What does Calpurnia want to convince Caesar to do? What are her reasons?


 


 


 

13.  Who arrives at Caesar’s house?  Why is he there?


 


 


 


 

14.  What is Calpurnia’s dream?  How does Decius interpret it?


 


 

15.  Identify an instance of dramatic irony at the end of scene 2.


 


 


 


 


 

16.  In scene 3, what does Artemidorus’ letter say?


 


 


 


 

17.  Whom does Portia meet in scene 4?  What is he doing?


 


 


 


 

18.  What task does Portia give to Lucius at the end of Scene 4?


 


 


 


 

Quotations:

Identify who said each of the following quotes.  Also make sure you know what the speaker is talking about.


 


 

“In the early stages of ambition, that humility is a ladder,

on which the climber mounts with his face turned upward.

Once he gets to the top rung, however,

He turns his back to the ladder.”


 


 

“O let us have him, because his silvery hair

will win us everyone’s good opinion

and buy men’s speeches to praise our deeds.”


 


 

“Antony is only a limb of Caesar.”


 

“We shall be called purgers, and not murderers.”


 


 

“I have made strong proof of my constancy,

Giving myself a voluntary wound

Here in the thigh.”


 

“I am not sick any longer if Brutus has

some action worthy of the name of honor.”


 


 

“What do you mean to do, Caesar?  Are you thinking of going out?

I won’t allow you to stir from the house today.”


 


 

“Adjourn the Senate to another time

when Caesar’s wife has better dreams.”


 


 

“Beware of Brutus; take heed of

Cassius; come not near Casca; have an eye to Cinna…”


 


 

“How weak a thing the heart of woman is!”

Julius Caesar Act III Study Guide Worksheet

Name: __________________________


 

Julius Caesar Act III Study Guide

Vocabulary

1.  valiant (adj)


 

2.  firmament (n)


 

3.  malice (n)


 

4.  apprehensive (adj)


 

5.  censure (v)


 

6.  interred (adj)


 

7.  legacy (n)


 

8.  orator (n)


 

9.  plebeians (n)


 

10.  beseech (v)


 

1.  In scene 1, there is still a chance that the conspiracy might be foiled.  Explain why Artemidorus fails to get Caesar to read his warning.


 


 


 

2.  What petition serves as an excuse for the conspirators to gather around Caesar immediately before the assassination?


 


 


 

3.  In scene 1, why does Cassius argue against allowing Antony to speak at Caesar’s funeral?


 


 


 

4.  In order to make a compromise, what rules does Brutus give Antony about what he can and cannot do in his speech at Caesar’s funeral?


 


 


 


 

5.  How does Antony’s speech at the end of scene 1 (lines 254-275) reveal his true feelings about the assassins?

6.  For a moment after the assassination, the action seeps to stop since the protagonists (the conspirators) have achieved their goal. However, a new protagonist appears who will drive the action for the rest of the play.  Who is he, and what is his goal?


 


 


 


 

7.  In scene 2, how does the crowd react to Brutus’ speech at the funeral?


 


 

8.  Antony’s funeral oration in Scene 2 is one of the most famous pieces of rhetoric in literature.  How is Antony able to follow the rules that Brutus gave him while still ruining the conspirators’ reputations? 


 


 


 


 

9.  What are four rhetorical devices that Antony repeatedly uses in his speech?


 


 


 

10.  What does Antony disclose to the crowd concerning Caesar’s will?  How does the crowd react?


 


 


 

11.  How has the crowd’s attitude changed from the beginning of scene 2 to the end?


 


 


 


 

12.  How were the mob’s madness and the murder of Cinna foreshadowed earlier in the play?


 


 


 

13.  How do you feel about Brutus in this act?  Is he still an admirable character or not?  Is he a victim or a villain?  Explain.


 


 


 


 


 


 

How do you feel about Antony in this act?  Has he surprised you in any way?  Be specific.

Julius Caesar Act IV Study Guide Worksheet

Name: __________________________


 

Julius Caesar Act IV Study Guide


 

Vocabulary

1.  nimbleness (n)


 

2.  contaminate (v)


 

3. bait (v)


 

4.  chastisement (n)


 

5.  choleric (adj)


 

6.  covetous (adj)


 

7.  rash (adj)


 

8.  repose (n)


 

9.  apparition (n )


 

10.  overbearing (adj)


 


 

1. What is a triumvirate? Who is in the triumvirate in Act IV?


 


 


 

2.  What plans is the triumvirate making in Scene 1?


 


 


 

3.  How will Antony make sure that he will not take the blame for unpopular decisions?


 


 


 

4.  Why is Cassius upset with Brutus in Scene 3?


 


 


 


 

5.  What does Brutus accuse Cassius of doing in Scene 3?


 


 

6.  How does Portia die?  How does Brutus respond to her death?


 


 


 


 

7.  Why does Cassius suggest that their army stay where they are?


 


 


 


 

8.  Why does Antony suggest that the army go to Greece and fight Antony there?


 


 


 

9.  Who wins the disagreement?


 

10.  What does the ghost say to Brutus?


 


 

11.  Why do you think Shakespeare had the ghost appear in this scene?


 


 


 


 

12.  Think back to the first three acts.  How has your opinion of different characters changed in Act IV?


 

Character

Before I thought that he was…

Now I think that he is…

Antony


 


 


 


 


 

Brutus


 


 


 


 


 

Cassius


 


 


 


 


 

Julius Caesar Act IV Study Guide Worksheet Answer Key

Name: __________________________


 

Julius Caesar Act IV Study Guide


 

Vocabulary

1.  nimbleness (n) lightness, speed in movement


 

2.  contaminate (v)  to make impure; to pollute


 

3. bait (v)  to torment or tease


 

4.  chastisement (n)  punishment, scolding, reprimand


 

5.  choleric (adj)  irritable, short-tempered


 

6.  covetous (adj)  greedy


 

7.  rash (adj)  reckless, incautious


 

8.  repose (n)  sleep, rest


 

9.  apparition (n )  a strange figure or vision, a ghost


 

10.  overbearing (adj)  bossy, domineering


 


 

1. What is a triumvirate? Who is in the triumvirate in Act IV?

a group of 3 that leads

Antony, Octavius, Lepidus


 

2.  What plans is the triumvirate making in Scene 1?

Deciding whom they should kill (suspected conspirators and enemies of the state)


 


 

3.  How will Antony make sure that he will not take the blame for unpopular decisions?

He will blame Lepidus because he thinks that Lepidus is not good for much else


 


 

4.  Why is Cassius upset with Brutus in Scene 3?

Brutus has punished one of Cassius’ soldiers for taking bribes after Cassius stuck up for his soldier


 


 


 

5.  What does Brutus accuse Cassius of doing in Scene 3?

Accepting bribes himself


 

6.  How does Portia die?  How does Brutus respond to her death?

She swallows a hot coal

Brutus does not react strongly.  He says that he does not have time to mourn


 


 

7.  Why does Cassius suggest that their army stay where they are?

He thinks that Antony and Octavius’ armies will wear themselves hunting for Brutus and Cassius.  Meanwhile, their armies will remain strong and will be able to overpower Antony and Octavius when they do attack


 

8.  Why does Antony suggest that the army go to Greece and fight Antony there?

He says that they are currently at their full force and will not become any stronger.  Antony and Octavius will only gain more soldiers. Brutus and Cassius should attack when they are at their peak.


 

9.  Who wins the disagreement? Brutus


 

10.  What does the ghost say to Brutus?

I will see you at Philippi


 

11.  Why do you think Shakespeare had the ghost appear in this scene?

Foreshadowing, and to add a dark, ominous mood


 


 


 

12.  Think back to the first three acts.  How has your opinion of different characters changed in Act IV?


 

Character

Before I thought that he was…

Now I think that he is…

Antony


 


 


 


 


 

Brutus


 


 


 


 


 

Cassius


 


 


 


 


 

Julius Caesar Act III Study Guide Answer Key

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