Julius Caesar - Important Questions

1.         How do the heavens 'blaze forth' the death of Julius Caesar?
2.         What does Calpurnia try to convince Caesar of?
3.         What commotion is noticed by Calpurnia? What is suggestive of her?
4.         Why does Calpurnia say Caesar's 'wisdom is consumed in confidence'? What does she mean?
5.         What does Calpurnia dream about Caesar? How does Decius Brutus interpret the dream?
6.         What are the arguments put forward by Decius Brutus to convince Caesar to go to the Capitol?
7.         ‘How foolish do your fears seem now, Calpurnia?’ Bring out the irony behind Caesar’s statement.
8.        What does Caesar mean when he says “Cowards die many times before their death, the valiant never taste of death but once”?
9.          Why is Decius more successful than Calpurnia in persuading Caesar?
10.       What is the petition put before Caesar by the conspirators? How does Caesar respond to it?
11.       Why was the conspiracy to assassinate Julius Caesar hatched?
12.       What was Cassius' motive for murdering Julius Caesar?
13.       Why was it essential for the conspirators to include Brutus in the conspiracy?
14.       Who says "Et tu Brute"? When are these words spoken? Why?
15.      In the moments following Caesar's death what do the conspirators proclaim to justify Caesar's death?
16.       Seeing the body of Caesar, Antony is overcome by grief. What does he say about Caesar?
17.       Whom does Antony call 'the choice and master spirits of this age"? Why?
18.       Explain why Antony calls Caesar a ‘bleeding piece of earth’?
19.       How do Brutus and Cassius respond to Antony's speech?
20.     Why does Cassius object to allowing Antony to speak at Caesar's funeral? How does Brutus overcome this objection?
21.     What are the conditions imposed by the conspirators before allowing Antony to speak at Caesar's funeral?
22.       When he is left alone with the body of Caesar what does Anthony call Brutus and the others?
23.       What prediction does Antony make regarding the future events in Rome?
24.       How does Brutus justify the assassination of Caesar?

         What reasons does Brutus give for murdering Caesar? 

25.       Who says, "Let him be Caesar"? What light does this throw on the speaker?
26.      Antony was indeed an excellent orator who ignited the spirit of revenge in the minds of the Roman people. Describe how he moulded the minds of the Roman people and turned them against the conspirators.
27.    Though both Brutus and Antony address the public of Rome before Caesar’s funeral, there is a basic difference between the two. Bring out this contrast.

         Compare and contrast the funeral orations of Mark Antony and Marcus Brutus.

28.       Why is Antony's speech more effective?
29.       What were the contents of Caesar’s will? Why did Antony elaborate upon them?
30.       How was Antony able to provoke the Roman mob through his speech?
31.       Antony disproves the conspirators’ claim about Caesar’s ambition with three examples. What are they?
How does Antony prove to the crowd that Caesar was not ambitious?
32.       At the end of the scene what is the fate of Brutus and Cassius?
33.       What were the mistakes made by Brutus that led to the failure of the conspiracy?
34.       Comment on Caesar's friendship with Antony.
Mark Antony emerges as the true friend to Caesar. Comment with reference to the Play.
35.       Why does Antony call Brutus 'the noblest Roman of them all'?
36.       How do Brutus and Cassius meet their end?
37.       Give two examples of supernatural elements from the play ‘Julius Caesar’
38.       Highlight two most important qualities of Caesar’s character and substantiate them from the text.
39.       Do you think Brutus is close to being an honourable man? Why? Why not?
40.       Give a character sketch of Mark Antony.

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