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Julius Caesar: Act V Reading and Study Guide


I. VOCABULARY: Be able to define the following words and understand them when they appear in the play. Cur __A mean or cowardly person.____________________________________ Stoic A person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.
Which character can be considered stoic? Why?

Brutus, because he barely ever shows emotion. II. LITERARY TERMS: Be able to define each term and apply each term to the play. Theme A common thread or repeated idea that is incorporated throughout a literary work. Example: The love of power.______________________________________ Resolution The ending of a story when the problems are solved._____________ Protagonist _The main character who is good.____________________________ example: _Caesar_____________________________________________ antagonist _A main character who is bad._______________________________ example: _Brutus__________________________________________ tragedy _A play where in the end something sad happens.____________________ III. Questions: answer the following questions. Scene 1: 1. About what do Octavius and Antony argue? How they will go to battle. 2. What is significant about this day for Cassius? Its his birthday 3. What are two things Brutus says he will never do, even if he loses the war? He wont commit suicide or be taken as a prisoner. Scene 2: 4. How does Brutus feel about the battle at this point? He thinks he can win. Scene 3: 5. Who wins the first battle? Mark Antony 6. What does Cassius send Titinius to do? To go see whose army is winning. 7. Why does Cassius decide to kill himself? He feels guilty for sending Titinius to his death and that he will lose the battle. 8. How does Cassiuss death help Pindarus? Pindarus is freed because of it.

9. What mistake caused Cassiuss death? Titinius wasnt captured, he was freed. 10. What does Titinius do when Messala goes to inform Brutus of Cassiuss death? He kills himself. Scene 4: 11. What happens to Cato? He is killed. 12. Who does Lucilius pretend to be? Brutus 13. What happens to Lucilius? He is safe. Scene 5: 14. What does Brutus ask Clitus, Dardanius, and Volomnius to do? To kill him. 15. How does Brutus die? He runs on his own sword. 16. According to Marc Antony, why is Brutus better than the other conspirators? He did what he did because he thought it was for the good of the people, the others did it because they were jealous.