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23. What influence has Menenius upon the crowd and how does he avert a civil war?

24. Who prevails upon Coriolanus to humble himself before the people and what is the policy recommended to him?

25. In his promise to curry favor of the people, what comparisons does Coriolanus make of his weakness?

26. What charges and what sentences does Brutus suggest (scene iii) against Coriolanus?

27. What is the significance of Brutus' words just before the trial, "Put him (Coriolanus) to choler straight"?

28. What accusation makes Coriolanus forget that he has promised to be mild in his speech? Is his anger justifiable?

29. What sentence is finally given to Coriolanus? What do his last words imply?

30. Explain the several allusions to the Tarpeian rock.


31. How does Coriolanus make use of his mother's own words to him, in his endeavor to reconcile her to his banishment?

32. How does scene i reveal the softer side of Coriolanus' nature?

33. In scene ii, what change has come over Volumnia? 34. What is the dramatic value of scene iii?

35. What suggestion of humor is there in scene iv? 36. Whom does Coriolanus seek out in Antium and how does he gain access to him?

37. What misrepresentation is Coriolanus guilty of, in his narration of his banishment?

38. Explain his words, "make my misery serve thy turn."

39. Is the alliance between Coriolanus and Aufidius a purely ironical feature of the play? Does the servants' conversation help to confirm this idea?

40. How are situations reversed in scene vi?

41. How do Cominius and Menenius lay the blame of the impending catastrophe upon the two Tribunes?

42. In scene vii, what grievance has Aufidius in mind against Coriolanus?

43. Select three passages in this scene which are involved in their meaning.


44. What success does Cominius meet with, upon his embassy to Coriolanus?

45. In what two ways does Menenius hope to secure an audience of Coriolanus?

46. What final expedient does Cominius suggest to win over Coriolanus, and where, previously, in this play, was it adopted?

47. To what extent, does Coriolanus carry his allegiance to the Volscians (scene ii)?

48. What goddess is referred to in the words of Coriolanus, "the jealous queen of heaven" (scene iii)?

49. Does Volumnia prevail upon Coriolanus more through her Roman prerogative as a mother or, by her plea for justice to the Roman people?

50. What future use is Aufidius planning to make of this scene?

51. What treachery does Aufidius practice on Coriolanus, upon their return to Antium? Is this consistent with the plot of the play?

52. What is the significance of Aufidius' addressing Coriolanus as "Marcius"?

53. What epithet rouses the anger of Coriolanus?

54. Explain "His fame folds in This orb o' the earth," lines 126-127, scene vi.

55. How does Coriolanus meet death?

56. To what overpowering trait does he owe his misfortunes and death?

57. In line 155, scene vi, what is the meaning of "noble memory"?

58. In this play, is it Shakespeare's purpose to descry democracy and praise aristocracy or, is his attitude an impartial one?


All the unsigned footnotes in this volume are by the writer of the article to which they are appended. The interpretation of the initials signed to the others is: I. G. = Israel Gollancz, M.A.; H. N. H.= Henry Norman Hudson, A.M.; C. H. H.⇒ C. H. Herford, Litt.D.

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