Julius Caesar Act III Study Guide

What reason does Caesar give for not reading Artemidorus’s letter? He says that since is pertains to himself he cannot read it because he only cares about Rome.
What Roles do the following characters play in the conspiracy? Trebonius: He is to distract Antony.Metellus Cimber: He is to beg for the life of his banished brother.Casca: He is the first to stab.
What is Caesar’s opinion of himself? He believes himself to fair and just, “constant as the Northern Star.”
What does “Et tu, Brute?” mean? How do these words relate to the theme of friendship in the play? It means, “You too, Brutus?” This shows that Caesar valued his friendship with Brutus so much that if Brutus felt he should die, then he would do so.
Where does Caesar’s dead body lie? How is this ironic? It lies at the bottom of the statue of Pompey. This is ironic because Caesar was thought to have defeated Pompey and is now dead at his feet.
What does Brutus tell the conspirators to do after killing Caesar? He tells them to wash in Caesar’s blood.
What promise does Brutus tell the servant to relay to Antony? He tells the servant to let Antony know they do not plan on murdering him.
What does Antony say about the possibility of being killed by the conspirators? He says if they plan to kill him, they should do so while he stands over Caesar’s body.
After being assured he is in no danger, what favor does Antony ask of the conspirators? He asks to speak at Caesar’s funeral.
What does Cassius think about granting Antony this favor? Cassius does not want to grant this favor, out of fear of what Antony might say.
What restrictions does Brutus set? Antony cannot speak badly about the conspirators and Brutus insists he [Brutus] be allowed to speak first.
Summarize Antony’s main points in his speech to Caesar’s body? He vows to avenge Caesar’s death.
Who is coming to Rome to meet with Antony? Caesar’s nephew, Octavius Caesar, will be coming.
According to Brutus’s speech to the commoners, what reasons does he give for Caesar’s death? Brutus loved rome more than he loved Caesar. Caesar would have made them all slaves.
What is the mood of the crowd as Brutus finishes his speech? They agree with Brutus and believe he did what was right.
What does Brutus offer at the end of his speech? He offers his dagger so they can kill him if they disagree with his killing of Caesar.
List three points of Antony’s speech that work to persuade the crowd to turn on the conspirators. Caesar was not ambitious; he brings up Caesar’s will; he keeps calling the conspirators “honorable” but makes sure his tone and evidence suggest otherwise.
What reason does Antony give for why he cannot read Caesar’s will? The crowd will go crazy when they hear how much Caesar loved them. They will want to kill the conspirators.
What has Caesar bequeathed the Romans in his will? He gave them money and land.
How does the crowd react to Antony’s speech? They want the conspirators to pay for what they did to Caesar.
What happens to Cinna the Poet? Why? He is killed by the angry mob because they think he is Cinna the conspirator. Even when they find out his is not the conspirator, they kill him anyway, out of anger.

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