10 English Study Guide 2012
1. rhetorical devices and how they are used (nonfiction)
2. What a foil is, tragic hero, tragic character flaw, iambic pentameter, soliloquy, monologue, aside, etc.
A foil is a character who provides a strong contrast to another character.
3. What Brutus’ character flaw is. How is this evident in the play?
4. Cato and young Cato…what happened to them
5. Why is it so important to remove Caesar from his position?
6. When did Casca have an opportunity to kill Caesar early in the play, but said he was not ‘a man of any occupation”
7. The character of Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Octavius, Caesar
8. Be able to explain the serpent’s egg metaphor in Act II
9. In what way do we see Brutus struggle with his decision to kill Caesar
10. Why does Cassius misread the bad weather
11. Who was the first to stab Caesar
12. Brutus’ servant at home/ what servant “killed” Brutus
13. What was ominous about the stormy night Casca was frightened on his way to talk with Cassius(I,iii)
14. What Cassius asks Cinna to do to finally convince Brutus to conspire
15. The reaction of the crowd when Caesar fell to the ground after refusing the crown.
16. Why Caesar fears Cassius…what does he do that Caesar does not like?
17. What is the Feast of Lupercal. Caesars’s remark about Calphurnia related to this feast/festival.
The personalities of Brutus and Cassius differ significantly, which causes them to have a corrupt relationship. Brutus is an honest, truthful man. He is also shown to be naïve when he allows Antony to speak at Caesar’s funeral. He has a passion for the prosperity of Rome, and believes that Caesar will not be a fit ruler. He debates joining the conspiracy, but doesn’t want to murder Caesar. Cassius ...
18. Who offered Caesar the crown…how many times?
19. What happened to Caesar that the entire audience saw, but Caesar was able to explain away.
20. Settings of the play
The setting of the play is 2 tribunes, Flavius and Murellus find Roman citizens wandering the streets, neglecting their work in order to watch Julius Caesar’s triumphal parade. The trubunes criticized the Roman citizens for abandoning their duties and removed the decoration from Caesar’s statues. Caesar enters with other political figures Cassius, Brutus and Antony.
21. Why Cassius seem to think Caesar is no better than the rest of them. What makes them similar to Caesar? Is there a hint of jealousy in this speech? (I,ii)
Cassius tells people that Caesar is a coward and wonder. He told a story of Caesar how Caesar challenged him to race in the river but the race ended when Caesar got tired and needed Cassius to rescue him. Caesar implied that Caesar is weak by telling people how Caesar caught seizure in Spain.
22. What is an anachronism and how is it used in the play?
Anachronism stand for the representation of someone as existing or something happened in other than chronological, proper or historical order. The use of clocks in Julius Caesar is an anachronism. Back in Roman times, there was no clock but Julius Caesar, characters used clocks.
23. What the prophecy meaning –beast without a heart.
Prophecy is saying that Caesar would be an animal without a heart of he stayed home out of fear. Prophecy is trying to make Caesar feel like a coward so he would go out with them.
24. Details of why Portia is concerned for Brutus? Why does Brutus not divulge the “secret” to Portia?
Portia is worried for Brutus because he has been moody and did not eat or sleep too well. Brutus divulged the “secret” to Portia because Portia showed Brutus that she can bear pain to him and she also blabs on how much she knows her place but she wanted to know anyway.
25. What is Calphurnia’s dream is about
Calphurnia had dream that a lioness hath whelped in the streets, graves yawned and yielded up for the dead. Fierce fiery warriors fought upon the clouds, horses neigh and dying men did groan. Ghosts shriek and sequel about the street, the heavens blaze forth the death of princess, and plucking the entails of an offering forth.
Act 3, Scene 1 Rome. Before the Capitol; the Senate sitting above. [ previous scene ][ home page ][ next scene ]A crowd of people; among them ARTEMIDORUS and the Soothsayer. Flourish. Enter CAESAR, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, CASCA, DECIUS BRUTUS, METELLUS CIMBER, TREBONIUS, CINNA, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, POPILIUS, PUBLIUS, and others CAESAR [To the Soothsayer] The ides of March are come. Soothsayer Ay, Caesar; but ...
26. How Caesar responds to the men asking for Publius Cimber’s freedom
Mullus asked Caesar if his brother Publius Cimber can return to Rome. Caesar answered since Publius was banished by lawful decree, there is no way he can come back. Brutus and Cassius even knell at Caesar’s feet but Caesar wouldn’t change his mind.
27. How Decius convince Caesar to go to the Senate (II,ii)bbh
Decius convinced Caesar to attend the Senate by convincing him that Calphurnia’s dream was misinterpreted. He declares that the dream is not indicative of Caesar’s impending murder, rather a good sign for Roman empire and his leadership.
28. Calpurnia, Portia, Lepidus, Artemidorus, Messala, Titinius
29. What Brutus and Cassius said what they were superior over each other when they were arguing over the bribe incident. Why do they stop fighting?
30. Why were Murellus and Flavius “put to silence”
31. Why does Brutus not want to swear an oath
32. Both Antony and Lepidus agree to let someone from their family be killed. Who was it?
33. Who is in the 2nd Triumvirate?
34. How Cassius persuade Brutus to join the conspiracy. Conspirator’s reason to want Brutus. What does it give their cause?
Cassius give Brutus the letters
35. What the “falling sickness” is
The “falling sickness” was a name for epilepsy. It means that he would sometimes have seizures, lose control of his body, and fall to the ground. Depending on the type of epilepsy, some bodily
36. Acts IV and V since we did not read them in class. Make sure you are familiar with them
Quotes: Know who said it
37. “He then unto the ladder turns his back,/look in the clouds, scorning the base degrees/by which he did ascend.”(II)
38. “Men at some time are masters of their fates;/the fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,/but in ourselves…” (I,ii)
39. “We shall be call’d purgers, not murderers”
40. “When Caesar says, ‘Do this,’ it is perform’d”
... flatter you, Caesar, Asking that Publius Cimber can return to Rome. Caesar. What, Brutus Cassius. Pardon me, Caesar! Cassius falls to beg for Publius Cimber's freedom. Caesar. I ... Servant. I'll get him immediately. Brutus. I know that we will convince him to be our friend. Cassius. I hope so. But ... way in the world: it is well supplied with men. And men are flesh and blood, and intelligent, And out of ...
41. “I do fear the people will choose Caesar for their king.”
42. “Cowards die many times before their deaths,/the valiant never taste of death but once.”
43. “Set a huge mountain ‘tween my heart and tongue!/I have a man’s mind, but a woman’s counsel!”
44. “Oh, you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome,/knew you not Pompey?”
45. Vocabulary 14
46. Julius Caesar Essay –prompts already sent to you ***3×5 cards must be submitted to me prior to day of the final.
47. JC short answers –thematic ideas, reason for character actions, etc.
48. Poetry –know the difference between a Haiku and Tanka
49. Shakespeare’s life and tragedy questions