Act I Scene 1
1. In talking with the tribunes do the commoners show:
- a cringing fear
- a scornful contempt
- a good-natured desire to annoy the officials?
2. With which group of people do you sympathize- the commoners or the tribunes? Why?
3. Would you say Shakespeare’s main purpose of the scene was :
- to provide a touch of humour for the beginning of the play
- to foreshadow a serious conflict
- to introduce the main characters?
Act I Scene 2
1. As the scene begins ,
- What attitude do various characters seem to take toward Caesar?
- What physical weaknesses of Caesar are revealed later in the scene? How is each one brought out?
- Does Cesar show any signs of being superstitious?
- How good is he at sizing up individuals?
- Of the men around him, which could he safely trust?
- How do we know the common people of Rome loved and idolized him
2. What ideas does Cassius develop that would be most likely to influence Brutus?
3. Does Casca , later on,help or hinder Cassius in influencing Brutus? How?
4. What is the conflict that was foreshadowed in Scene I and that is now taking more definite form?
5. On which side do you think Brutus will decide to be?
Act I Scene 3
1. What subject is bothering Casca , when he first encounters Cassius?
2.How does Cassius cleverly turn the conversation to the subject that he considers most important?
3. Why does Cassius Think the Roman People themselves are responsible for Caesar’s growing ambition?
4. How does Cassius plan to use Cinna in advancing the conspirators’ plan?
5. Why are he and the others so eager to have Brutus join them?Quote atleast three passages that show the conspirators’ opinion of Brutus.