The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare: Act 2 Practice and Quiz

Read the excerpt below from act 2.2 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.CAESAR:What can be avoidedWhose end is purposed by the mighty gods?Yet Caesar shall go forth, for these predictionsAre to the world in general as to Caesar.What does this excerpt reveal about Caesar’s attitude regarding the forewarnings of his death? Caesar ignores the forewarnings of his death because if it is his fate, he can’t defeat the gods.
Which phrase defines “metaphor” best? a direct comparison between two things; saying one thing is the other
Which phrase defines “apostrophe” best? a direct address to an inanimate object or deceased person as if it could respond
Read the excerpt below from act 2.1 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and complete the instruction that follows.BRUTUS:We all stand up against the spirit of Caesar,And in the spirit of men there is no blood.Oh, that we then could come by Caesar’s spiritAnd not dismember Caesar.Explain the irony in Brutus’ wish to kill Caesar’s spirit as indicated in the passage above. Irony occurs when what is expected and what occurs contrasts significantly
What is not one of the purposes of Brutus’ soliloquy in act 2.1 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar? to show his relationship with his wife, Portia
Which phrase defines “simile” best? a comparison between two unlike things using like or as
Read the excerpt below from act 2.1 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.BRUTUS:It must be by his death. And for my partI know no personal cause to spurn at him,But for the general. He would be crowned.How that might change his nature, there’s the question.It is the bright day that brings forth the adder,And that craves wary walking. Crown him: that!And then I grant we put a sting in himThat at his will he may do danger with.Th’ abuse of greatness is when it disjoinsRemorse from power. And to speak truth of CaesarI have not known when his affections swayedMore than his reason. But ’tis a common proof That lowliness is young ambition’s ladder,Whereto the climber-upward turns his face;But when he once attains the upmost round,He then unto the ladder turns his back,Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degreesBy which he did ascend. So Caesar may.Then lest he may, prevent. And since the quarrelWill bear no color for the thing he is,Fashion it thus: that when he is, augmented,Would run to these and these extremities;And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg.Which, hatched, would as his kind grow mischievous,And kill him in the shell.What is revealed about Brutus’ character and motivations in the moral dilemma presented in his act 2.1 soliloquy? Brutus’ soliloquy reveals the reasoning for assassinating Caesar. It also shows the flaws and holes in reasoning.
Molly wonders if she should cheat on the test to pass the class or if she should risk failing because she knows she hasn’t really learned the material. Which issue does Molly face? moral dilemma
Which phrase defines “personification” best? giving human qualities to an idea or an inanimate object
Read the excerpt below from act 2.2 in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and complete the instruction that follows.CAESAR:Danger knows full wellThat Caesar is more dangerous than he.We are two lions littered in one day,And I the elder and more terrible.Identify the correct interpretation of the figurative language used in this excerpt. Caesar personifies danger to create a metaphor comparing himself and it to brother lions: both noble and strong, with Caesar being stronger because he is the older of the two.
What is not one of Brutus’ values? tyranny
Read the excerpt below from act 2.1 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.BRUTUS:O then by dayWhere wilt thou find a cavern dark enoughTo mask thy monstrous visage? Seek none, conspiracy.Hide it in smiles and affability.Which form of figurative language is used in the bold lines of the above example? personification
In act 2.1 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, why do the conspirators not swear an oath? Brutus thinks that honest men will follow through on their intentions; therefore, they do not need to swear an oath.
Read the excerpt below from act 2.1 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.CASSIUS:Mark Antony, so well beloved of Caesar,Should outlive Caesar. We shall find of himA shrewd contriver. And you know his means,If he improve them, may well stretch so farAs to annoy us all; which to prevent,Let Antony and Caesar fall together.BRUTUS:Our course will seem too bloody, Caius Cassius, . . . Let’s be sacrificers but not butchers, Caius. . . . This shall makeOur purpose necessary, and not envious; . . . And for Mark Antony, think not of him,For he can do no more than Caesar’s armWhen Caesar’s head is off.What does this interaction reveal about Cassius’ motivations? Cassius is motivated by his greed for increased political power and does not want Antony to get the power.
What ultimately motivates Brutus to join the conspiracy? The anonymous letters sent by “Rome” ask for his help.
Read the excerpt below from act 2.2 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.CAESAR:Cowards die many times before their deaths;The valiant never taste of death but once.Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,It seems to me most strange that men should fear,Seeing that death, a necessary end,Will come when it will come.What does this excerpt reveal about Caesar’s attitude toward death? Caesar thinks that the valiant bravely face death, which should not be prevented or feared.
Read the excerpt below from act 2.3 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.ARTEMIDORUS:”Caesar, beware of Brutus. Take heed of Cassius.Come not near Casca. Have an eye to Cinna. . . .There is but one mind in all these men, and it isbent against Caesar. If thou beest not immortal,look about you. Security gives way to conspiracy. Themighty gods defend thee! Thy lover, Artemidorus.”What does this excerpt reveal about Artemidorus’ motivations regarding the assassination plot against Julius Caesar? Artemidorus wants to warn Caesar about the conspiracy against him.
Which statement is true? Brutus is considered both the protagonist and the antagonist because he kills Caesar, a tyrannical leader, to save Rome, but also because he murders Rome’s leader.
Read the excerpt below from act 2.2 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.CAESAR:She dreamt tonight she saw my statue,Which like a fountain with an hundred spoutsDid run pure blood.Which type of figurative language does this passage use? simile
Which reason does Brutus give to justify killing Caesar? Brutus thinks Caesar is a tyrant who will only become more of a tyrant if he gains power.

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