Julius Caesar Short Answer Study Guide ~ Act 2

To what decision does Brutus come in his orchard? Why? He decides to join the conspiracy to murder Caesar. He believes after Caesar is crowned, he will abuse his power, so Brutus thinks its best to “kill him in the shell;” that is, to murder him before he gets a chance to abuse his power.
What does Lucius give to Brutus in Scene 1? He brings the forged note which had been thrown through Brutus’ window.
Why doesn’t Brutus want to swear an oath with the conspirators? He thinks a just cause needs no oath to bind the doers to their cause.
For what reason does Metellus Cimber want Cicero to join the conspiracy? “…his silver hairs/Will purchase us a good opinion,/And buy men’s voices to commend our deeds…”
Brutus is against including Cicero and against killing Mark Antony. Why? He says Cicero will not follow any plan started by someone else. Killing Mark Antony isn’t necessary; it would be too bloody.
Why did Brutus say, “Render me worthy of this noble wife!”? Portia has shown her concern for him and insists on sharing his emotional burden.
Of what does Calpurnia try to convince Caesar? She tries to convince him that her dreams are omens of tragedy and that he should not go to the Senate meeting.
Caesar yields to Calpurnia’s wishes at first. Why does he change his mind and decide to go to the Senate meeting? Decius reinterprets Calpurnia’s dream to entice Caesar to go to the meeting.
What does the note Artemidorus wants to give to Caesar say? It warns Caesar about the conspiracy and names the conspirators.

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