Mark Antony’s Speech, Act III, Scene II (Pg. 822-830) Directions



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Mark Antony’s Speech, Act III, Scene II (Pg. 822-830)
Directions: Answer the questions below in complete sentences.


  1. Translate the line, “Friends, Romans, Countrymen. Lend me your ears!”

  2. Why is Antony’s use of the phrase “honourable man” ironic? What type of irony did he use?

  3. In his first extended monologue, Antony references several things that Caesar did that were commendable, and indeed, not ambitious at all. Name these things.

  4. It appears as though Antony is crying after he utters the lines, “My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar.” Explain why Antony might have used that emotion to further sway the Roman crowd.

  5. Why does Antony place Caesar’s body in close proximity to the Roman crowd? Why does Antony read Caesar’s will right next to it?

  6. Why does Antony make the crowd beg him to read the will? Explain.

  7. What does it show about the Roman crowd that they almost forget to listen to Antony read the same will they had begged for earlier?

  8. Why was Brutus’s stab wound the “unkindest cut of all?”

  9. What things does Caesar leave to the citizens of Rome?

  10. What do the citizens of Rome do immediately after Antony finishes his speech?

Name: Date:


Mark Antony’s Speech, Act III, Scene II (Pg. 822-830)
Directions: Answer the Questions Below in Complete Sentences.


  1. Translate the line, “Friends, Romans, Countrymen. Lend me your ears!”

  2. Why is Antony’s use of the phrase “honourable man” ironic? What type of irony did he use?

  3. In his first extended monologue, Antony references several things that Caesar did that were commendable, and indeed, not ambitious at all. Name these things.

  4. It appears as though Antony is crying after he utters the lines, “My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar.” Explain why Antony might have used that emotion to further sway the Roman crowd.

  5. Why does Antony place Caesar’s body in close proximity to the Roman crowd? Why does Antony read Caesar’s will right next to it?

  6. Why does Antony make the crowd beg him to read the will? Explain.

  7. What does it show about the Roman crowd that they almost forget to listen to Antony read the same will they had begged for earlier?

  8. Why was Brutus’s stab wound the “unkindest cut of all?”

  9. What things does Caesar leave to the citizens of Rome?

  10. What do the citizens of Rome do immediately after Antony finishes his speech?



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