ICSE Julius Caesar Workbook Answer : Act 5 Scene 2

Welcome to our blog post dedicated to dissecting Act 5, Scene 2 of William Shakespeare’s timeless masterpiece, Julius Caesar. As avid learners and educators, we understand the importance of grasping the nuances of Shakespearean literature, and that’s why we’ve curated this comprehensive guide specifically tailored to the ICSE curriculum.

In this blog, we’ll delve into the depths of Act 5, Scene 2, utilizing the meticulously crafted workbook provided by Morning Star publishers. Our aim is to not only provide you with multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and long-form answers but also to empower you with a deeper understanding of the themes, characters, and language intricacies within this iconic play.

It’s important to note that while we offer structured responses based on the workbook, we encourage students to use this resource as a foundation for their own exploration. Shakespeare’s works are renowned for their richness and versatility, allowing ample room for interpretation and analysis. Therefore, feel free to adapt and modify our insights to suit your individual learning style and requirements.

So, whether you’re a student looking to ace your exams or a literature enthusiast eager to unravel the mysteries of Julius Caesar, join us on this enlightening journey through Act 5, Scene 2. Let’s embark on an adventure where words transcend time, and the legacy of Shakespeare continues to captivate minds across generations.

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Workbook Summary :

On the Shakespearean stage, the Act of battle would be one continuous action with little or no pause between the scenes. The flexible nature of Elizabethian stage conventions of space and time would allow a continuity of action. Shakespesre finds it difficult to present battle scenes on the stage. So he presents small scenes depicting partial action to indicate that the battle is on. 
 
In this brief scene, the signals are given for the battle to start and the place of Philippi is alive with troop movements. Brutus gives Messala a message for Cassius to embark on an immediate attack. Brutus believes that Octavius’ forces are lack fighting spirit; and that a sudden attack will be enough to defeat them.

 

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Workbook MCQs :

1. Which characteristic trait of Brutus is seen in this scene?
(a) Impulsive
(b) Calm
(c) Rational
(d) Patriotic

Answer :- (c) Rational

2. What message does Brutus give to Messale for Cassius?
(a) Wait for him at Sardis
(b) Attack the enemy
(c) Send money to him
(d) All of the above

Answer :- (b) Attack the enemy

3. Which error does Brutus make in this scene?
(a) He misinterprets his army’s message
(b) He misinterprets his army’s strength
(c) He order an attack on Octavius’ army too early
(d) None of the above.

Answer :- (c) He orders an attack on Octavius’ army too early

4. What is referred to by the term “legions” in this scene?
(a) Areas
(b) Troops
(c) Boundaries
(d) Battlefield

Answer :- (b) Troops

Workbook Questions :

Question No: 1

Brutus
Ride, ride, Messala, ride, and give these bills
Unto the legions on the other side. [Loud alarum]
Let them set on at once, for I perceive
But cold demeanour in Octavius’ wing,
And sudden push gives them the overthrow.
Ride, ride, Messala: let them all come down.

(i) Where does this scene take place? What is meant by “these bills”? What is referred to as “the legions on the other side”?

Answer :- This scene takes place at the battlefield of Philippi. “These bills” refer to written orders or messages. “The legions on the other side” likely refers to the troops positioned on the opposite side of the battlefield.

(iI) What instructions does Brutus give? To whom are these instructions to be given? 

Answer :- Brutus instructs Messala to deliver the written orders or messages to the legions positioned on the other side of the battlefield.

(iII) Brutus hopes to have advantage at this juncture. What indications has be perceived in this regard?

Answer :- Brutus perceives a lack of enthusiasm or determination in Octavius’ wing of the army, indicating a possible weakness that could be exploited to gain an advantage in the battle.

 (iV) What warning did Octavius give to Brutus the previous night? How was the warning taken?

answer:-  Octavius warned Brutus the previous night that their conflict would result in a bloody battle. Brutus appears to have taken the warning seriously, as he is now taking decisive actions to prepare for the battle.

(v) What changes do you notice in the character of Brutus in this scene?

Answer:-  In this scene, Brutus demonstrates a sense of urgency and determination, showing his readiness to engage in battle and his strategic thinking to exploit perceived weaknesses in the enemy’s position. This reveals a more assertive and pragmatic side of his character compared to earlier parts of the play.

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