Meyer-Julius Caesar Act II

What reason does Brutus give in his soliloquy for killing Caesar?. He fears that power might corrupt Caesar.
What do the letters addressed to Brutus say?.. When will he act to protect Rome?
Why can’t Lucius identify the men with Cassius? Their faces are covered by their hats pulled down over their ears.
Why does Brutus oppose the idea of swearing an oath? A Roman’s word is enough.
Why does Portia think she is strong enough to know Brutus’ secrets? For 3 reasons:1) She is his wife.2) She is Cato’s daughter.3) She cuts her thigh without complaint to prove her character.
Why is Caesar concerned when the scene begins? Calpurnia has had nightmares during the night.
What is Calpurnia’s request of Caesar? That he remain at home.
What was the result of the sacrifice performed by the augurers? the beast had no heart.
What reasons does Caesar give Decius for staying home? Calpurnia has asked him to because of a bad dream.
How does Decius use flattery to get Caesar to change his mind? He reinterprets the dream as one demonstrating Caesar’s greatness.
What does Trebonius say when Caesar tells him to stay… Your friends will wish that I had not been so close.
How does Decius plan to get Caesar to the Capitol? By flattery
What advice does Brutus give the conspirators as they leave his house? They should hide their treachery behind happy faces.
Why is Caesar concerned when the scene begins? Calpurnia has had nightmares during the night.
What is Caesar’s response to Calpurnia’s concern he might be killed?. What will be will be.
What was the result of the sacrifice performed by the augurers? the beast had no heart.
What reasons does Caesar give Decius for staying home? He first says he WILL not come; Calpurnia has asked him to stay home because of a bad dream.
What was Calpurnia’s dream? Caesar bleeds from a hundred holes and Romans bathe their hands in his blood. Che interprets this that he would be killed if he goes.
How does Decius use flattery to get Caesar to change his mind? He reinterprets the dream as one demonstrating Caesar’s greatness; the senate is going to offer a crown to Caesar.
How does Decius interpret Calpurnia’s dream? Caesar’s blood brings new life to Rome and invigorates the people.
What does Trebonius say when Caesar tells him to stay… “Your friends will wish that I had not been so close.”
How does Shakespeare add the element of suspense in these two short scenes? Caesar’s mind is made, then unmade, then made again.
What is Artemidorus’ warning? Beware the conspirators. He knows and wrote down the names of all of them.
What does Artemidorus mean when he says, “Security gives way to conspiracy”? (Sc. 3, 7-8) Safety has given way to danger. Caesar should not trust those who are closest around him.
How does Artemidorus plan to give Caesar his letter? As Caesar walks by on his way to the Capitol.
What strange and horrible things does Calpurnia tell Caesar that the watchman has reported seeing during the night? a lioness gave birth in the street;graves opened, and the dead came out;warriors were fighting in the clouds;blood rained down on the Capitol

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