Julius Caesar – Act II Study Guide Pre-AP Scene i 1. What question is Brutus pondering at the opening of the scene? 2. For what information does Brutus want Lucius to look at a calendar? What is the significance of the information Lucius finds? 3. Explain the metaphor on lines 21-22. (p. 4. What reasons does the letter give Brutus to join the conspiracy? 5. What relation is Cassius to Brutus? 6. Why did Lucius not recognize the other conspirators who arrived with Cassius? 7. Quote the apostrophe in line 56. 8. Quote and explain the personification in line 78. 9. What is the mood of Scene i? 10. What is the imagery in lines 103-104 and what is its purpose? 11. Why was Cicero suggested as an addition to the conspiracy? 12. Why does Brutus reject Cicero? What is Cassius’s reaction and what does this show about his and Brutus’s relationship? 13. Why does Cassius want to kill Antony? 14. How does Brutus talk him out of it? 15. Quote and describe the metaphor for Antony. 16. Quote and explain the anachronism on p. 738. 17. Quote the epistrophe on p. 739. 18. Quote the anaphora on p. 741. 19. Quote the antimetabole on p. 742. 20. Why won’t Brutus let the conspirators swear an oath? 21. What suggestion does Brutus make to the conspirators and why? 22. What reason does Brutus give for Lucius’s deep slumber? 23. What symptoms has Portia noticed in her husband? 24. How does Portia try to coerce Brutus into revealing his problems? 25. Who was Cato? Scene ii 26. What quotes illustrate Caesar’s lack of fear? 27. What strange and horrible things does Calpurnia report to Caesar that have been seen that night? 28. Describe Caesar’s decision-making process in regard to traveling to the capitol? 29. Quote the metaphor describing Caesar and discuss its meaning. 30. Quote an example of personification and its meaning. 31. Quote an example of anadiplosis. 32. Describe Calpurnia’s dream. 33. How does Decius reinterpret the meaning of Calpurnia’s dream from its original meaning? 34. What favor did Caesar do for Caius Ligarius? 35. What is ironic about Caesar’s request that his men be near him at all times today? Scene iii 36. What is Artemedoris’s plan? Scene iv 37. Why is Portia so nervous and upset? On what errand does she send Lucius?. 38. Quote an example of apostrophe. Quotes – Identify the speakerand the meaning of each of the following quotes. 39. “Think not of him, /For he can do no more than Caesar’s arm/ When Caesar’s head is off.” 40. “The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins/ Remorse from power.” 41. “Aye me, how weak a thing/ The heart of woman is!” 42. “. . . the Senate have concluded/ To give this day a crown to might Caesar.” 43. “O, let us have him, for his silver hairs/ Will purchase us a good opinion,” 44. “When beggars die, there are no comets seen; / The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” 45. “None that I know will be, much that I fear may chance.” 46. “Cowards die many times before their deaths; / The valiant never taste of death but once.” 47. “Between the acting of a dreadful thing/ And the first motion, all the interim is/ Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream. . . .” 48. “It is the bright day that brings forth the adder,” 49. “For he will never follow anything/ That other men begin.” 50. “You shall not stir out of your house today.” 51. “. . . and so near will I be/ That your best friends shall wish I had been further.
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