Julius Caesar Act I Question #1 Why are Marullus and Flavius angry with the celebrating workmen? They are in the streets celebrating Caesar’s defeat of the former ruler Pompey. They think the people are disloyal. Question #2 What warning does Caesar ignore from the soothsayer? (5 words) “Beware the Ides of March.” Question #3 List the two events that Cassius tells Brutus of to convince him that Caesar is too weak to be a ruler. Caesar almost drowns in the Tiber River during a swimming race. Caesar acts like a “sick girl” during an illness while battling in Spain. Question #4 How does Caesar describe Cassius to Marc Antony? He is “lean and hungry.” He “thinks too much.” He is “dangerous.” Question #5 Why is Cassius so determined to get Brutus to join in their plot against Caesar? Brutus is an honored and respected Roman. He will make the assassination look legitimate. Question #6 Who is the one character who supports Caesar unconditionally? Marc Antony Question #7 How does Casca interpret the storm in scene 3? He sees the strange sights and believes that something bad is about to happen. He believes that the omens are a hint or warning of the dangers to come. Question #8 What strange omens occur in scene 3? A slave’s hand is on fire yet it does not burn A lion is walking through the city streets Men are walking through the streets on fire An owl is shrieking and hooting at noonday in the marketplace Question #9 Describe Caesar at this point in the play. Arrogant Proud Unwilling to show fear Ambitious Question #10 How does Cassius try to persuade Brutus to turn against Caesar? He tries to show how Caesar is an ordinary man, unworthy to be put in this high position. Question #11 What purpose does the first scene of Act 1 serve? It reveals the attitudes of various groups toward Caesar. Question #12 How does Cassius show that he is jealous of Caesar? He thinks that he is physically stronger. He says that he and Brutus are just as good, if not better, than Caesar. He starts a conspiracy against Caesar so that Caesar will be killed, forcing them to find a new ruler.