The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare: Act 3.2-3.3 Practice and Quiz

Read the excerpt below from act 3.2 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.ANTONY:But Brutus says he was ambitious,And Brutus is an honorable man.He hath brought many captives home to Rome,Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill.Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept.Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,And Brutus is an honorable man.You all did see that on the LupercalI thrice presented him a kingly crown,Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,And sure he is an honorable man.I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke, . . . .Based on Mark Antony’s argument in the above speech, why does he repeat the line, “But Brutus says he is ambitious,/And Brutus is an honorable man”? This is a rebuttal to Brutus’ reason about killing Caesar.
How do Brutus and Mark Antony differ in their understanding of their audience, the Roman crowd? Brutus calls them citizens, while Antony calls them friends.
When the plebeians encounter Cinna the poet in act 3.3 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, they mistake him for Cinna the conspirator and shout, “Tear him to pieces!” What does their reaction to Cinna the poet reveal about their character? They are angry and blinded by revenge.
Describe the ways that Brutus’ use of logos and Mark Antony’s use of pathos in their speeches reveal their character traits. Brutus uses logic to explain why he killed Caesar. Antony uses pathos to show that Caesar was his friend, and he didn’t have to be killed.
Which choice correctly labels the form used in Brutus’ and Mark Antony’s eulogies? Brutus: prose; Mark Antony: blank verse
Read the excerpt below from act 3.2 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.ANTONY:If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.You all do know this mantle1. I rememberThe first time ever Caesar put it on.’Twas on a summer’s evening in his tent,That day he overcame the Nervii2.Look, in this place ran Cassius’ dagger through.See what a rent the envious Casca made.Through this the well-belovèd Brutus stabbed;1. A cloak.2. One of Caesar’s military conquests.Why does Mark Antony first recall Caesar’s military background and then show the Roman crowd Caesar’s body? Mark Antony wants to manipulate the members of the Roman army, who are in the crowd, by recalling Caesar’s military success and then provoke their emotions by showing them Caesar’s stabbed body.
Read the excerpt below from act 3.2 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.ANTONY:But here’s a parchment with the seal of Caesar. . . .’Tis his will.Let but the commons hear this testament—Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read . . . .All the Plebeians:The will, the will! We will hear Caesar’s will.ANTONY:Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it.It is not meet you know how Caesar loved you. . . .It will inflame you; it will make you mad.’Tis good you know not that you are his heirs . . . .How is Mark Antony’s use of paralipsis effective in manipulating the audience in the above excerpt? Mark Antony uses paralipsis to draw attention to the will as he seems to ignore or avoid it.
Read the excerpt below from act 3.2 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.BRUTUS:But as he was ambitious, I slew him. . . .Who is here so base that would be a bondman?If any, speak, for him have I offended. Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman? If any, speak, for him have I offended.Who is here so vile that will not love his country? If any, speak,for him have I offended. I pause for a reply.What type of rhetorical device is used in the bolded lines? What message in Brutus’ speech does he try to emphasize by using this device? Epimone because it is a frequent repetition of a phrase.
How do the poetic forms of Brutus’ and Mark Antony’s speeches reflect their characters? Brutus’ speech is written in prose, which is used to show rational thought. Mark Antony’s speech uses blank verse, which matches his passion and emotion.
Discuss the reasons the people sided with Mark Antony. Explain your answer by discussing each speaker’s use of persuasive language, including the appeals to pathos and logos as well as the rhetorical devices. Brutus uses logic to explain why he killed Caesar. Antony uses pathos to show that Caesar was his friend, and he didn’t have to be killed.
Read the excerpt below from act 3.2 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.BRUTUS:But as he was ambitious, I slew him. . . .Who is here so base that would be a bondman?If any, speak, for him have I offended. Who is here so rude thatwould not be a Roman? If any, speak, for him have I offended.Who is here so vile that will not love his country? If any, speak,for him have I offended. I pause for a reply.Which rhetorical device does Brutus use in this excerpt? epimone
Which statement summarizes the main idea of Mark Antony’s speech best? Mark Antony refutes Brutus’ accusations of Caesar being overly ambitious by giving examples of his humility and his great love for Romans, whom he named as heirs in his will; mutiny might be an expected reaction from the Roman crowd.
Which form does Mark Antony’s speech use? blank verse
Read the excerpt below from act 3.2 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.ANTONY:But Brutus says he was ambitious,And Brutus is an honorable man.He hath brought many captives home to Rome,Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill.Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept.Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,And Brutus is an honorable man.You all did see that on the LupercalI thrice presented him a kingly crown,Which he did thrice refuse. Was this ambition?Yet Brutus says he was ambitious,And sure he is an honorable man.I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke, . . . .Based on Mark Antony’s argument in the above speech, why does he repeat the line, “But Brutus says he was ambitious,/And Brutus is an honorable man”? Mark Antony repeats that line to discredit Brutus by giving examples that prove that Caesar was not ambitious.
Read the excerpt below from act 3.2 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.BRUTUS: . . . I say that Brutus’ love to Caesar was no less than his. If thenthat friend demand why Brutus rose against Caesar, this is myanswer: not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. . . . As Caesar loved me, Iweep for him. As he was fortunate, I rejoice at it. As he wasvaliant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him. There istears for his love, joy for his fortune, honor for his valor, and deathfor his ambition. Who is here so base that would be a bondman?If any, speak, for him have I offended. Who is here so rude thatwould not be a Roman? If any, speak, for him have I offended.Who is here so vile that will not love his country? If any, speak,for him have I offended. I pause for a reply.Which statement summarizes the main idea of Brutus’ speech? Though Brutus loved Caesar, his love for Rome outweighed it, so he assassinated the ambitious Caesar in Rome’s best interest.
What is not one of Mark Antony’s true intentions behind his speech? to befriend and support the conspirators
Based on his speech in act 3.2 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, which word does not describe Mark Antony? calm
Which statement explains the change in the Roman mob’s reaction from the start of act 3.2 to the end of act 3.3? The mob remains calm and supportive after Brutus’ speech but becomes enraged by Mark Antony’s wanting to rebel and kill the conspirators.
Read the excerpt below from act 3.2 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.ANTONY:If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.You all do know this mantle1. I rememberThe first time ever Caesar put it on.’Twas on a summer’s evening in his tent,That day he overcame the Nervii2.Look, in this place ran Cassius’ dagger through.See what a rent the envious Casca made.Through this the well-belovèd Brutus stabbed;1. A cloak.2. One of Caesar’s military conquests.How do the bolded lines show Mark Antony’s manipulation of the Roman crowd? Mark Antony recalls a memory of Caesar’s military conquest to relate to the men in the crowd who served in the Roman army.
Read the excerpt below from act 3.2 of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and answer the question that follows.ANTONY:But here’s a parchment with the seal of Caesar. . . .’Tis his will.Let but the commons hear this testament—Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read . . . .All the Plebeians:The will, the will! We will hear Caesar’s will.ANTONY:Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it.It is not meet you know how Caesar loved you. . . .It will inflame you; it will make you mad.’Tis good you know not that you are his heirs . . . .Which rhetorical device does Mark Antony use in this excerpt? paralipsis

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