Caesar Act III Study Guide
1. valiant (adj)
2. firmament (n)
3. malice (n)
4. apprehensive (adj)
5. censure (v)
6. interred (adj)
7. legacy (n)
8. orator (n)
9. plebeians (n)
10. beseech (v)
1. In scene 1, there
is still a chance that the conspiracy might be foiled. Explain why Artemidorus fails to get Caesar
to read his warning.
2. What petition
serves as an excuse for the conspirators to gather around Caesar immediately
before the assassination?
3. In scene 1, why
does Cassius argue against allowing Antony
to speak at Caesar’s funeral?
4. In order to make a
compromise, what rules does Brutus give Antony
about what he can and cannot do in his speech at Caesar’s funeral?
5. How does Antony’s speech at the end
of scene 1 (lines 254-275) reveal his true feelings about the assassins?
6. For a moment after
the assassination, the action seeps to stop since the protagonists (the
conspirators) have achieved their goal. However, a new protagonist appears who will drive the action for the
rest of the play. Who is he, and what is
7. In scene 2, how
does the crowd react to Brutus’ speech at the funeral?
8. Antony’s funeral oration in Scene 2 is one of
the most famous pieces of rhetoric in literature. How is Antony
able to follow the rules that Brutus gave him while still ruining the
9. What are four
rhetorical devices that Antony
repeatedly uses in his speech?
10. What does Antony disclose to the
crowd concerning Caesar’s will? How does
the crowd react?
11. How has the
crowd’s attitude changed from the beginning of scene 2 to the end?
12. How were the
mob’s madness and the murder of Cinna foreshadowed earlier in the play?
13. How do you feel
about Brutus in this act? Is he still an
admirable character or not? Is he a
victim or a villain? Explain.
How do you feel about Antony
in this act? Has he surprised you in any
way? Be specific.