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Julius Caesar: Act II Reading and Study Guide


I. VOCABULARY: Be able to define the following words and understand them when
they appear in
the play.
tyranny
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craves______________________________________________________________________________
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remorse____________________________________________________________________________
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phantasma_________________________________________________________________________
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favor_______________________________________________________________________________
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vouchsafe__________________________________________________________________________
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II. LITERARY TERMS: Be able to define each term and apply each term to
the play.

anachronism________________________________________________________________________
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personification______________________________________________________________________
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example:___________________________________________________________________________
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I. dramatic irony
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II. situational irony
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III. verbal irony:
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aside_______________________________________________________________________________
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example:___________________________________________________________________________
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III. Questions: answer the following questions using evidence when


possible (quotes from the text). Shakespeare should be cited:
(Shakespeare I.ii.34-48). (author Act # scene # line #s)
Scene 1:
1. According to Brutus, why is it is necessary that Caesar be killed?
2. What is Brutuss internal conflict?
3. Why does Brutus disagree about taking an oath?
4. Why does Metellus think it would be a good idea to ask Cicero to join the
conspiracy?
5. Why does Brutus say they should not ask Cicero to join the conspiracy?
6. What does Brutus say about killing Marc Antony?
7. What reason does Cassius give for why Caesar might not come out of his
house today?
8. By what method does Decius say he will use to get Caesar out of the house?
9. Why is Portia, Brutuss wife, worried about Brutus?
10.How does she prove her strength to Brutus?
Scene 2:
11. Why does Calphurnia want Caesar to stay home?
12. Describe Calpurnias dream.
13. What arguments does Decius use to change Caesars mind about going to
the Capitol?
Scene 3:
14. What does Artemidorus plan to do?
Scene 4:
15. Why is Portia so nervous?
16. What does Portia want Lucius to do?

17. What does the soothsayer tell Portia?