Act I, Scene 1: Questions and Answers
1. How does Shakespeare use humor in the opening scene?
His characters pun, or play with word meanings. They use words that sound alike but have different meanings.
2. A pun is a play on words, two words that sound alike but have different meanings.
Find two examples of puns in the opening lines of the scene.?
The word “cobbler” has two meanings, shoemaker and bungler. A “mender of bad soles” is a reference to
shoemaker. This is a play on the word “souls.” An awl is a leather punch. It is used with the word “all.”
Recover means to repair, as in repair shoes. Recover also means to get better as from an illness.
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Act I, Scene 2: Questions and Answers
1. How is Caesar’s power indicated in the scene?
When he tells Antony to touch Calphurnia in the race, Antony says, “When Caesar says ‘Do this,’ it is
2. What was the soothsayer’s warning?
The Soothsayer warns, “Beware of the ides of March.”
3. What reason does Brutus give Cassius for his coolness towards him?
Brutus says that he has some private matters on his mind that are troubling him.
4. What two stories does Brutus tell about Caesar?
Caesar challenged Cassius to a swimming race, and Cassius had to save his life. He also saw Caesar with
the fever in Spain, crying like “a sick girl.”
5. What does Cassius compare Caesar to in lines 142–45?
5. He compares Caesar to a giant statue, under whose legs Romans must walk.
6. What reasons does Caesar give Antony that Cassius is dangerous?
He is too thin. He is lean and hungry for power. He doesn’t sleep. He reads. He is an observer. He doesn’t
smile or go to plays or listen to music. He thinks too much.
7. Why does Casca say Caesar fell?
7. Casca says that the bad breath of the crowd knocked Caesar down.
8. What does Brutus mean when he says Caesar has the “falling sickness”?
8. Caesar suffers from epilepsy.
9. What does Cassius mean when he says, “But you, and I / And honest Casca, we have the falling sickness”?
(266–67) >> >>. Cassius means that Romans are falling down before Caesar’s power.
10. How does Cassius plan to trick Brutus into joining the plot against Caesar?
Cassius plans to forge letters and leave them where Brutus will find them. The letters will convince Brutus
that public sentiment is against Caesar.
Act I, Scene 3: Questions and Answers
1. Why does Casca have his sword drawn?
He passed a lion walking in the streets of the Capitol.
2. What two “supernatural” events does Casca describe to Cicero?
A slave with his hands on fire was not burned. Men on fire were walking through the streets.
3. What unusual “natural” event does he tell about?
An owl, the bird of night, sat hooting in the marketplace at midday.
4. Why does Casca think these unusual things are happening?
The gods are either at war or are trying to destroy the world.
5. What information about Caesar is revealed in their conversation?
He is going to the Capitol in the morning on the ides of March.
6. How is Cassius’ conduct in the storm different from Casca’s?
He is unafraid because he is an honest man. He even dares the lightning to strike him.
7. How does Cassius interpret all that is happening in Rome?
He says the gods are warning Romans against Caesar.
8. What news does Cinna bring to Cassius?
The other conspirators are assembled at Pompey’s Porch and they are awaiting Cassius.
9. Why does Casca think it is important for Brutus to join with them in the plot against Caesar?
Public opinion of Brutus is favorable, and he will make the killing of Caesar seem like a noble act.
10. How does...