2 Write “Quickwrites” at the top of the page. Draw a line halfway down by the hole, splitting your page in two.You have 5 minutes to write ½ a page.I’ll collect them when we’ve filled up a single sheet with 4 Quickwrites.Full credit will be earned for ½ a page of serious thoughts on the subject.
7 COMMONERSACT I, SCENE i, Rome. A street.Why do you think Shakespeare starts the play with the bunch of commoners joking around? Then why does he switch it to have them being yelled at? What is he trying to do with the characters? What is he trying to have happen in his audience's mind?
13 FAULT IN OUR STARSACT I, SCENE ii, A public place.Cassius tells Brutus, "The fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings." What do his words mean? What is the fault? Why doesn’t the fault lie in themselves?
15 THRICEACT I, SCENE ii, A public place.Explain some reasons why the crowd might get so excited when Julius Caesar is offered the crown three times and refuses it each time. Why do you think Julius Caesar refuses the crown?
17 SEDUCED "Who is so firm he cannot be seduced?" ~Cassius ACT I, SCENE ii, A public place."Who is so firm he cannot be seduced?" ~CassiusThis question is meant to be rhetorical with the answer being "No One." What do you think about that idea, that everyone can be seduced no matter how firm she is in her beliefs?
19 SIGN OF THE GODSACT I, SCENE iii, A street.It seems their culture believes that storms and weather are some kind of sign from the gods. How is that different from our culture? Why do you think they believe that the spiritual world has so much power? Do you believe the spiritual world is interacting with ours? Why or why not?
21 SECRETSACT II, SCENE i, Rome. BRUTUS's orchard.Why do you think Portia wants to know Brutus's secret? Should a wife or husband pressure their spouse into telling them secrets? Discuss. Should spouses be allowed to keep secrets from each other? If so, what kind?
23 SICK MENACT II, SCENE i, Rome. BRUTUS's orchard.How do you think the assassination of Caesar could help "make sick men whole"? How might it also "make whole men sick"? What do you think they mean by "whole" or "sick"?
29 LIKES "Every like is not the same, O Caesar." ~Brutus ACT II, SCENE ii, CAESAR's house."Every like is not the same, O Caesar." ~BrutusWhat do you think he means by that? How do you think we could read that today as a commentary on our modern-day social media?
31 SECURITY "Security gives way to conspiracy." ~ Artemidorus ACT II, SCENE iii, A street near the Capitol."Security gives way to conspiracy." ~ ArtemidorusHow might this be true? How can it be that the safer you get, the more you are susceptible to conspiracy? In what ways have you seen this true in our society?
33 EMULATIONACT II, SCENE iii, A street near the Capitol."Virtue cannot live out of the teeth of emulation." ~Artemidorus"Emulation" is the act of copying someone/something else. So what does this quote mean? What does our society think about people who emulate other people or ideas? When do we view emulation as virtuous and when do we view it as dishonorable?
35 LIBERTYACT III, SCENE i, Rome. Before the Capitol; the Senate sitting above."Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead! Run hence! Make haste! Declare it about the streets!" What do you think about the words they shout when Caesar is assassinated? Think about our government leaders. Are there people who would shout the same thing about our leader now? What about our past leaders of different political parties? What might it show us that people want to shout this kind of thing about their leader and maybe hope that she/he is dead?
37 LOVE AND MURDERACT III, SCENE i, Rome. Before the Capitol; the Senate sitting above.Caesar's assassins are all saying that they love Caesar while at the same time they're killing Caesar. Try to explain how it is possible for them to murder their leader while at the same time loving their leader.
39 INTERREDACT III, SCENE ii, The Forum."The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones." ~AntonyIf "interred" means buried, how is Antony's idea true? How does evil live on and good get buried? Why do you think this happens? Write about an example of this from your society, school, family, etc.
41 WORTHYACT III, SCENE ii, The Forum.Why do you think Antony starts his Caesar funeral speech by repeating over and over that Brutus and all his men are worthy of honor and respect? How does this strategy at the start help his persuasion at the end?
43 SPIRITSACT III, SCENE iii, Brutus's tent.The exhausted Brutus is visited by a spirit. How does he react? What do his words and actions reveal what Brutus and others in his culture believe about spirits? How is this different from your culture?
45 CONSPIRATORSACT IV, SCENE i, A house in Rome.Is it right for Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus to plan to murder the conspirators against Julius Caesar? Why or why not? Is it moral for them to kill someone who killed? Is it just?
47 DIFFERENTACT IV, SCENE iii, Brutus's tent.How has Cassius changed to where Brutus doesn't even know who he is anymore? What has changed him? How are they different now? How are they so different that Brutus tells Cassius to get out of his sight?
49 SUICIDEACT IV, SCENE iii, Brutus's tent.Why do you think Brutus isn't affected very much by his wife Portia's suicide? What does this tell us about Brutus's character? About his inner emotions? About his desire for power? About his greatness and legacy?
51 GHOSTSACT IV, SCENE iii, Brutus's tent.Explain Brutus's reaction to seeing Caesar's ghost. Why does he act the way he does while the ghost is in his presence? Why does he decide what he decides about the war? Analyze his emotions about seeing the ghost of the man he assassinated.
57 NOBLESTACT V, SCENE v, Another part of the field.Why do you think Antony says that Brutus "was the noblest Roman of them all"? In what ways was Brutus better than Julius Caesar? In what ways was he worse?