Questions for Act IV and V
1. Military Strategy:
(a) What strategy do Cassius and Brutus argue about in the tent.
(b) Create a chart showing the people involved on both sides of the war.
(c) Why does Cassius say they should not go to Phillipi to meet the enemy?
(d) Diagram the battle at Phillipi

2. Antony
(a) What does the "death list" say about Antony's personality?
(b) What does Antony think of Lepidus? What does that say about his personality?
(c) In Act V, scene iv, lines 25-30, Antony says to treat an enemy kindly. Why?
(d) What is the significance of Antony's last speech?

3. Brutus
(a). Why does Brutus say he needs money from Cassius? Why can't he obtain the money himself? How is that hypocritical?
(b). What is Brutus' reaction to his wife's death and what does that say about his personality?
(c). What is Brutus' reaction to Caesar's ghost?
(d). What is Brutus' reaction to Cassius' suicide?

4. Cassius
(a). Why does Cassius threaten to kill Brutus?
(b). Cassius argues with Brutus over going to Phillipi. What does he think they should do?
(c). What causes Cassius to kill himself?
(d). What does it say about Cassius that he killed himself?

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Overview of Shakespeare's Life:
Birthplace Trust Site
Shakespeare's Life Quiz
Iambic Pentameter Exercises
Colossus at RhodesColossus at Rhodes
Shakespeare's been dead for nearly 400 years. Why am I being forced to care about him?
California Bar Journal
Historical Julius Caesar Information
Please note: homework will be accepted only if it is typed or if you have the hand-written work signed by your parent.
map of Caesar's conquests
Caeserean Sections
Dante's Circles of Hell - From UT Austin
Famous Lines from Julius Caesar -
And after this let Caesar seat him sure;
For we will shake him or worse days endure. (Cassius)

But I am constant as the Northern Star,/ Of whose true fixed and resting quality/There is no fellow in the firmament (Caesar)

Blood and destruction shall be so in use/and dreadful objects so familiar/That mothers shall but smile when they behold/Their infants quartered with the hands of war…” (Antony)

Well, Brutus, thou art noble; yet, I see, /Thy honourable metal may be wrought
from that it is disposed (Cassius)

And that which would appear offense in us, / His countenance, like richest alchemy,/Will change to virtue and to worthiness.” (Casca)

There is no terror … in your threats,/For I am armed so strong in honesty/ That they pass by me as the idle wind, / Which I respect not.” (Caesar)

“Why man, he doth bestride the narrow world/ Like a Colossus, and we petty men/ Walk under his huge legs and peep about…” (Cassius)

“Set honor in one eye and death in the other, / And I will look on both indifferently;/ For let the gods so speed me as I love/The name of honor more than I fear death.” (Brutus)

“…for he loves to hear that men may be betrayed with flatterers/But when I tell him he hates flatterers/He says he does, being then most flattered.” (Decius)

“When beggars die there are no comets seen; /The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” (Calphurnia)
I told you so....
When we started Shakespeare's play, one of the points I wanted you to understand is that, in "the real world," educated people frequently refer to famous lines from history or literature. Here's one example; read this article from a recent Human Resources journal, find the famous line, and then write a brief explanation of what it means within the article's context. Your answer should be typed or signed by a parent if you hand-write it. (Human Resources departments are part of most corporations, and they are responsible for appropriate hiring and firing, handling benefits, discrimination claims, etc.)