The Tragedy of Julius Caesar Test Review Act 1/2 Flashcard Example #68878

Which quotation from act 1.3 in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is the best example of foreshadowing?
CASSIUS:
That heaven hath infused them with these spirits
To make them instruments of fear and warning
Unto some monstrous state.
Standing in the toy store, Holly spotted a vintage Barbie and had a memory of playing with her best friend in her basement. The __________ was so true-to-life, she thought she was eight years old again.
flashback
Which paragraph summarizes Julius Caesar’s life best?
Julius Caesar was born into a powerful family. He became a successful military general and politician, eventually becoming dictator of Rome. He was assassinated in 44 BCE.
Which statement about tragedy is true?
Tragedy exposes negative emotions and fears
Which phrase defines “simile” best?
a comparison between two unlike things using like or as
During a play, Emily needs to convey her innermost thoughts about her deep love for Richard. She moves to her bedroom on the stage, away from the ears of other characters. The audience listens as she begins to express her emotions in a speech.

Which type of speech fits this scenario best?

soliloquy
Explain the seating arrangements in the Globe Theatre.
Social status determined where a theater goer sat; basically, the more wealth and status attendants had, the better their seats. The groundlings paid a penny for standing area with no roof protection. The galleries were occupied by middle- to upper-class citizens. Prestigious social figures were often seated on the stage.
CASCA:
Why, there was a crown offered him; and being
offered him, he put it by with the back of his hand,
thus; and then the people fell a-shouting.

Paraphrase the above section of the text.

A crown was offered to Caesar, he pushed it away with the back of his hand like this, and the people started shouting.
CASCA:
Why, there was a crown offered him; and being
offered him, he put it by with the back of his hand,
thus; and then the people fell a-shouting.

BRUTUS:
What was the second noise for?

CASCA:
Why, for that too.

CASSIUS:
They shouted thrice. What was the last cry for?

CASCA:
Why, for that too.

BRUTUS:
Was the crown offered him thrice?

CASCA:
Ay, marry, was’t; and he put it by thrice, every
time gentler than other; and at every putting by,
mine honest neighbors shouted.

put it by – v. Turned it down; refused it.
thrice – adv. Three times.
marry – adv. Indeed.

Summarize the events of the excerpt above.

Casca, Brutus, and Cassius discuss Caesar’s three refusals of a crown offered to him and the crowd’s cheers for him to accept it.
Statement 1: Stress and pressure from managing the new territories of the Roman Empire created serious issues.

Statement 2: Internal disputes among military generals became frequent as they sought more control.

Based on these two statements, explain the cause for these problems in Rome.

Responses may vary but should include some or all of the following information:

With so many new people to manage in the new territories, the leaders had to work harder to make sure that their messages were reaching far enough. However, the drive for more power and the ambition to control more land prevented them from realizing their limits. Acting under the direction of the leaders, the military generals also sought more power for the empire. With more power came more fighting and unrest until it was just too much to take and destruction occurred.

How has the scene and atmosphere around the Forum changed from the opening of act 1 to its close?
Act 1 opens with the Forum in celebration and ends with it in chaos.
BRUTUS:
And therefore think him as a serpent’s egg
Which, hatched, would as his kind grow mischievous,
And kill him in the shell.

Based on the bolded simile, what is Brutus’ reason for assassinating Caesar?

By comparing Caesar to “a serpent’s egg,” he suggests the characteristics of a serpent are part of Caesar’s personality. Uncertain of the reaction Caesar would have to increased power, Brutus suggests that it would do more harm than good. Because a serpent can not only poison any enemies but also swallow its prey whole, the metaphor suggests that Brutus wants to prevent such a beast from ever being hatched: “kill him in his shell
CASCA:
A common slave—you know him well by sight—
Held up his left hand, which did flame and burn
Like twenty torches joined; and yet his hand,
Not sensible of fire, remained unscorched. . . .
And there were drawn
Upon a heap a hundred ghastly women,
Transformed with their fear, who swore they saw
Men all in fire walk up and down the streets.
And yesterday the bird of night did sit
Even at noonday upon the market-place,
Hooting and shrieking. . . .
For I believe they are portentous things
Unto the climate that they point upon.

What is the meaning of the symbol “the bird of night” as indicated in the excerpt above?

The night bird appears at noon, symbolizing that Rome has a darkness hanging over it.
Tim is the king of the Kingdom of Tragedy. Quick-tempered and unkind, he admonishes the faults of his staff and takes no responsibility for his mistakes and errors. He rarely relates to his people. He is proud and is eventually deposed from his throne when his people revolt. He flees the kingdom and escapes into exile in the Kingdom of Comedy.

Does this character fulfill the characteristics of a tragic hero? Explain your answer.

Tim does not meet the requirements of a tragic hero. Though he is of noble status as a king, Tim does not relate to his people; rather, he asserts his superiority and power over them. He does, however, possess the tragic flaw of hubris (excessive pride). However, the audience needs to empathize with a tragic hero; Tim’s attitude and temperament do not make him sympathetic, especially when he is deposed as a result of it.
BRUTUS:
O then by day
Where wilt thou find a cavern dark enough
To mask thy monstrous visage? Seek none, conspiracy.
Hide it in smiles and affability.

Which line is an example of apostrophe?

“Seek none, conspiracy.”

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