Julius Caesar Act III Study Guide

PART I  Explain who each of the following characters is according to their appearance in Act III.

Cinna (the poet)

PART II  Indicate who expressed each of the following quotes from Act III and indicate the apparent significance of each quote.


Et tu, Brute?—Then fall, Caesar.


O mighty Caesar, dost thou lie so low?
Are all thy conquests, glories, triumphs, spoils,
Shrunk to this little measure?

Cry Havoc! And let slip the dogs of war…

Romans, countrymen, and lovers, hear me for my cause…

This was the most unkindest cut of all.

 PART III  Address the following questions with your interpretation from the events in the play.

  1. What pretense do the conspirators use in order to justify their killing of Caesar?
  2. What reason does Brutus give in allowing Mark Antony to speak at Caesar’s funeral?
  3. What does Caesar leave to the people of Rome in his will?
  4. What human condition is demonstrated when the angry mob kills Cinna the poet?  Provide an example from contemporary life that can be viewed to be similar to Shakespeare’s observation in this scene.

PART IV You are required to memorize Mark Antony’s eulogy of Julius Caesar; (pages 121-123  :  lines 82-17), included is a copy of the lines that you are responsible for