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Julius Caesar - Study Questions

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Act I, Scene 1: Questions and Answers
Study Questions

1. How does Shakespeare use humor in the opening scene?
His characters pun, or play with word meanings. They use words that sound alike but have different meanings.
2. A pun is a play on words, two words that sound alike but have different meanings.
Find two examples of puns in the opening lines of the scene.?
The word “cobbler” has two meanings, shoemaker and bungler. A “mender of bad soles” is a reference to
shoemaker. This is a play on the word “souls.” An awl is a leather punch. It is used with the word “all.”
Recover means to repair, as in repair shoes. Recover also means to get better as from an illness.
3. How does Shakespeare show the political conflict in Rome?
He does this by opening the play with a confrontation between the tribunes and the citizens, two opposing
forces in Rome.
4. What is the reason the cobbler tells Flavius and Marullus he is leading the people through the street?
The cobbler wants them to wear out their shoes so he will get more work.
5. What is the real reason the people are out in the street?
They are out to see Caesar and rejoice in his triumph.
6. What about Pompey is revealed in this scene?
Pompey was once loved and respected by the people of Rome.
7. What information is given about Caesar?
Caesar was responsible for Pompey’s death.
8. How does the scene show the fickleness of the crowd?
Flavius and Marullus are able to change the mind of the crowd with their words and convince them to
disperse.
9. Shakespeare often uses comparisons (metaphor and simile) and figurative language. What is the
comparison Flavius makes in the final lines of the scene?
He compares Caesar to a bird. Driving the crowd from the street will be like plucking feathers from a
bird’s wing so it can not fly high.
10. What are the intentions of Flavius and Marullus as the scene ends?
They plan to go through the streets and pull down any banners that honor Caesar....

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