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What is the town of Shakespeare's birth and death? Stratford-Upon-Avon
How did Shakespeare participate in drama? writing plays, acting, and partially financing the plays
What types of plays did Shakespeare write? tragedies, comedies, histories
During what age did Shakespeare live? Elizabethan
What are the dates of Shakespeare's life span? 1564-1616
What is the name of the theater where most of Shakespeare's plays were performed? Globe
What type of people made up Shakespeare's audience? rich and poor alike
How were women's parts portrayed? young boys
What do most historians believe to be true about the stage of the theater used by Shakespeare? projected out into the audience
What was one important limitation of playwrights of Shakespeare's time? almost the entire setting had to be related through the dialogue of the characters
Other than being a famous political figure, the real-life Julius Caesar is also known for his conquest of which country? Gaul
When did Caesar become the most important man in Rome? a bloody civil war against Pompey
In 45 B.C., what did the real Julius Caesar appoint himself? dictator for life
In what year does the action of the play begin? 44 B.C.
Who has a dream about a statue? Calpurnia
Who tries to give Caesar a note about the conspiracy? Artemidorus
Who has Rome's honor and future in mind always? Brutus
Who joins the conspiracy without knowing what it is? Ligarius
Who bears the scar of a self-inflicted wound? Portia
Who is a gossip, and tells of Caesar's refusal of the crown? Casca
Who is the new triumvirate member Antony hopes to get rid of? Lepidus
Who dies on his birthday? Cassius
Who kills himself / herself because Cassius is dead? Titinius
Who gives tribute to Brutus over his dead body? Mark Antony
What are Caesar's two physical defects? deaf in one ear, "falling sickness"
When Brutus says, "Set honor in one eye and death in the other and I will look on both indifferently," what did he mean? if an act is honorable and for the public benefit, Brutus will do it in spite of personal consequences
Brutus goes through extreme mental torment or inner conflict trying to decide whether or not he should kill Caesar. Why? Brutus is torn between his ideals and his personal liking for Caesar
What is Brutus' reason for killing Caesar? Brutus is afraid of the type of ruler Caesar will become
Why does Brutus not insist on an oath among the conspirators? He believes their motives are sufficient and that they are all honorable.
Whom does Brutus think is weak and powerless, but proves to be the opposite? Antony
How does Decius say he will get Caesar to the Capitol? flattery
After the assassination plot has begun, who eventually takes over the leadership of the conspiracy? Brutus
In Calpurnia's interpretation of her dream, what does the bleeding Caesar symbolize? a dead Caesar
What pretense do the conspirators use to get near Caesar to stab him? a petition by Metellus Cimber about his exiled brother
What conspirator gives Caesar the "unkindest cut of all"? Brutus
Why does Caesar stop struggling against the conspirators? He sees Brutus among them.
When does Antony reveal his true feelings after Caesar's death? When he is left alone with Caesar's body
When Antony asked to deliver a funeral oration, who was suspicious? Cassius
Why did Shakespeare use prose rather than poetry for the crowd's speeches? The crowd is base (common, uneducated)
What word in Antony's funeral oration is ironically used over and over? honorable
When the new triumvirate is formed, how does Antony show his ruthlessness and ambition? condemning to death all who oppose the new triumvirate
"This slight, unmeritable man, Meet to be sent on errands," shows that the relationship between Antony and his partners is one of what? distrust and lack of respect
What is one apparent reason for Brutus' and Cassius' quarrel? Brutus accuses Cassius of being greedy and money-hungry
In the quarrel scene between Cassius and Brutus and in their death scenes, the audience finds that what is a continuing influence on both? Julius Caesar's spirit
How does Portia kill herself? swallows fire
One element of the supernatural is apparent in the appearance of Caesar's ghost. Why is the ghost important? it shows that Caesar's spirit lives on
What is the important military decision Brutus makes in Act IV? march his army to Philippi to meet Antony's army
What is the theme(s) of this play? the downfall of an idealist in a realistic world; an evil action, though nobly motivated, leads to disaster; bloodshed leads to further bloodshed
In what scene is found the peak of Brutus' power? after Caesar's funeral speech
Who is the tragic hero in the play? Brutus
Antony's greed over Caesar's will, his treatment of Lepidus, and his tribute to Brutus at the end of the play illustrates Shakespeare's genius in what area? developing well-rounded characters
Is Titinius captured by the enemy army? No
(T/F) The audience never sees Calpurnia's reaction to Caesar's death? True
"There is no terror, Cassius in your threats / For I am armed so strong in honesty / That they pass by me . . . " Said by . . . Brutus
"This was the noblest Roman of them all." Said by . . . Antony
"Beware the Ides of March." Said by . . . soothsayer
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our starts, / but in ourselves that we are underlines." Said by . . . Cassius
"Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once." Said by . . . Caesar
"When beggars die, there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes." Said by . . . Calpurnia
"Et tu, Brute?" Said by . . . Caesar
"Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world / Like a Colossus . . . " Said by or describes . . . Caesar
"Yond _____ has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much; such men are dangerous." Said by or describes . . . Cassius
"My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar, And I must pause 'til it come back to me." Said by or describes . . . Antony
"Poor man! I know he would not be a wolf / But that he sees the Romans are but sheep." Said by or describes . . . Caesar
"But I am as constant as the Northern star." Said by or describes . . . Caesar
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