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1. How is Caesar's power indicated in the scene?



2. What was the soothsayer's warning?



3. What reason does Brutus give Cassius for his coolness towards him?



4. What two stories does Brutus tell about Caesar?



5. What does Cassius mean when he compares Caesar with the statue at Rhodes? 



6. What reasons does Caesar give Antony that Cassius is dangerous?



7. Why does Casca say Caesar fell?



8. What does Brutus mean when he says Caesar has the "falling sickness"?



9. What does Cassius mean when he says, "But you, and I / And honest Casca, we have the falling sickness"?



10. How does Cassius plan to trick Brutus into joining the plot against Caesar?



11. Why does Casca have his sword drawn?



12. What two "supernatural" events does Casca describe to Cicero?



13. What unusual "natural" event does he tell about?



14. Why does Casca think these unusual things are happening?



15. What information about Caesar is revealed in their conversation?



16. How is Cassius' conduct in the storm different from Casca's?



17. How does Cassius interpret all that is happening in Rome?



18. What news does Cinna bring to Cassius?



19. Why does Casca think it is important for Brutus to join with them in the plot against Caesar?



20. How does Cassius plan to put extra pressure on Brutus at the end of Act I?




On the line provided, write the letter of the best answer to each of the following items

21. In Act I, the character who drives the action is

a. Caesar                                                                   c. Brutus

b. Cassius                                                                  d. Casca



22. Cassius's character can best be described as

a. noble                                                                      c. cunning

b. idealistic                                                                d. honest



23. In Scene 3, Shakespeare uses a violent storm and other unusual natural events to suggest

a. the onset of chaos in Rome                                

b. the coming conflict between Cassius and Brutus

c. Caesar's inner turmoil d. the coming intervention of the gods



24. The central conflict introduced in Act I is between

a. Brutus and Cassius                                              c. Caesar and the soothsayer

b. Brutus and Caesar                                               d. Caesar and his opponents



25.  Which word or phrase best describes that motivates the action in Act I? In the box provided, write the letter of the answer you choose and briefly defend your choice. There is more than one possible answer. Use at least one example from the play to support your ideas.

a. honor    b. tyranny     c. envy     d. flattery




Explain what each quote means.

26.   Brutus: "For let the gods so speed me, as I love / The name of honor more than I fear death." (Scene 2, lines 88-89)




27.  Cassius: "Men at some times are masters of their fates...." (Scene 2, line 139)




28.  Cassius: "Brutus' will start a spirit as soon as 'Caesar.'" (Scene 2, line 147)




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