Act 1 Romeo and Juliet Review Questions

What is the gist of the conversation between the servants of the house of Capulet and the house of Montague? (Act 1, Scene 1) They are basically smack-talking each other(“No, sir, I do not bite my thumb at you, sir; but I bite my thumb sir”)
Which character tries to break up the fight? Which character insists on continuing it? (Act 1, Scene 1) Benvolio tries to break up the fight(“I do but keep the peace), Tybalt insists on continuing it (“I hate the word [peace] As I hate hell, all Montagues and thee)
Contrast the relationship between Lord and Lady Capulet with the one between Lord and Lady Montague (Act 1, Scene 1) Lord and Lady Montague are happier than Lord and Lady Capulet. For example, Lady Capulet says, “A crutch, a crutch! Why call for a sword?” when her husband asks for a sword, being sarcastic and making fun of his age. On the other hand, Lord Capulet says to his wife “Hold me not, let me go” when he wants to go fight, which shows she wants to keep him safe.
What evidence do Lord and Lady Capulet have that indicates they should be concerned about Romeo? (Act 1, Scene 1) Romeo locks himself in his room, goes for walks by himself and has been seen crying (“Many morning hath he there been seen, With tears augmenting the fresh morning’s dew,”- Lord Capulet about Rome0)
What does Bevolio promise to do? (Act 1, Scene 1) Benvolio promises to find out what’s wrong with Romeo (“I’ll know his grievance or be much denied” )
Quote some lines from Romeo’s LONG speech of oxymoron. Explain what he is trying to say about the nature of love. (Act 1, Scene 1) Romeo is trying to say that love is confusing, contradicting and difficult sometimes (“Oh brawling love, O loving hate”; “Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health! Still – waking sleep”)
Why does Rosaline NOT return Romeo’s affection? (provide the pertinent example of allusion) (Act1, Scene 1) Rosaline doesn’t return Romeo’s affection because she wants to join a convent. (“With Cupid’s arrow, She hath Dian’s wit” [Dian’s wit = Dian’s wisdom; goddess of chastity. Meaning she was struck with love but rejected it because she wanted to live a life of chastity.)
What does Lord Capulet tell Paris about marrying Juliet? Does this surprise you? If so, why? What kind of father does he appear to be in this scene? (Act 1, Scene 2) Lord Capulet tells Paris that he has to wait because Juliet is too young, and if he wants her he’ll have to win over her love. This surprises me because it seems that parents back then were eager for their children to get married, plus Paris is rich and has relation to royalty. Lord Capulet seems to be a very considerate father in this scene.
How do we know that Juliet is an only child? What is Lord Capulet’s exact line that indicates this? (Act 1, Scene 2) Lord Capulet says that all of his children have died except for Juliet (“The earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she”)
How do Romeo and Benvolio find out about the Capulet party? (Act 1, Scene 2) The servant asks them to read the guest list
Why does Benvolio want Romeo to go to the party? Why does Romeo want to go to the party? (Act 1, Scene 2) Benvolio wants Romeo to go so he can cheer up and meet other girls to get his mind off of Rosaline. Romeo wants to go to see Rosaline.
Contrast the relationship between Juliet and her mother to the one between Juliet and the nurse. (Act 1, Scene 2) Juliet and her mother speak very formally, don’t seem to be very close, and her mother can’t even speak to her without the nurse in the room. Juliet and the nurse on the other hand are very friendly and joke with each other. The nurse even remembers her baby stories while her mother doesn’t.
To whom does Juliet seem closer, the Nurse or her mother? Provide lines and examples that prove your answer. (Act 1, Scene 3) The nurse, she remembers her baby stories: “And since that time it is eleven years ; For then she could stand lone..For even the day before, she broke her brow” The nurse and Juliet are also more friendly than her and her mother: Juliet to Nurse: “How now! Who calls?” Juliet to Mother: “Madam I am here. What is your will?’
Does Lady Capulet favor the idea of Juliet’s marriage with Paris? Does the Nurse? What are Lady Capulet’s reasons? What are the Nurse’s? (Act 1, Scene 3) Lady Capulet wants Juliet to get married because she was married even younger than Juliet. The Nurse wants Juliet to get married because Paris is rich and attractive.
What is the meaning of Lady Capulet’s metaphor about Paris?”What say you? can you love the gentleman?This night you shall behold him at our feast;Read o’er the volume of young Paris’ face, And find delight writ there with beauty’s pen;Examine every married lineament, And see how one another lends content And what obscured in this fair volume lies Find written in the margent of his eyes. This precious book of love, this unbound lover,To beautify him, only lacks a cover: The fish lives in the sea, and ’tis much pride/For fair without the fair within to hide: That book in many’s eyes doth share the glory,That in gold clasps locks in the golden story; So shall you share all that he doth possess, By having him, making yourself no less.” (Act 1, Scene 3) Lady Capulet compares Paris to a book because books were expensive and considered luxury items back then, so she are saying he is valuable and rich
What does Juliet agree to do? What does this indicate about her character? (Act 1, Scene 3) Juliet agrees to try to like Paris because she wants to please her mother. This indicates that she is obedient.
What is the purpose of the Queen Mab speech? (Act 1, Scene 4) to distract Romeo and to change the subject from Romeo’s complaining
What do we learn about Mercutio’s nature in this scene? (Act 1, Scene 4 [Queen Mab speech]) We learn Mercutio is a jokester and that he doesn’t like love
Name 3 of the types of dreams Queen Mab brings and to whom she brings them. (Act 1, Scene 4) Lovers dream of love, Soldiers dream of killing people, and lawyers dream of winning lawsuits
What was Romeo’s dream about? Quote the lines exactly. How is this a reference to Fate? How is it foreshadowing? Why does Romeo go on to the party anyway? (Act 1, Scene 4) His dream was about him dying. (“I fear, too early: for my mind misgives Some consequence yet hanging in the stars Shall bitterly begin his fearful date With this night’s revels and expire the term Of a despised life closed in my breast By some vile forfeit of untimely death. But He, that hath the steerage of my course, Direct my sail! On, lusty gentlemen”) It is a reference to fate because it mentions a consequence “hanging in the stars” and they used to think the stars controlled what was destined to happen. It foreshadows that something bad will happen tonight which will lead him to death (it does, him meeting Juliet results in his death)
What does Romeo first notice about Juliet? How is this ironic, given his earlier claims about Rosaline? (Act 1, Scene 5) Romeo says that Juliet is the most beautiful girl he has ever seen and that he has never loved till now, which is ironic because that’s exactly what he said about Rosaline and that she was his one true love.
What lines let us know that the “infatuation” is serious? (What words do both characters use very early on?) (Act 1, Scene 5) They both use the word “love” Romeo: “Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight!”Juliet: “My only love sprung from my only hate!/Too early seen unknown, and known too late!/Prodigious birth of love it is to me,/ That I must love a loathed enemy.”
What imagery does Romeo use to describe Juliet in his first speech upon seeing her? (Act 1, Scene 5) “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!/ It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night/ Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear;/ Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!/ So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows,As yonder lady o’er her fellows shows.”
How does Tybalt recognize Romeo? (Act 1, Scene 5) By his voice
How does Romeo get the first kiss? The second? Quote specific lines First: Romeo uses an extended metaphor, relating himself to a pilgrim who wants to erase his sins and Juliet to a saint. Romeo tries to convince Juliet to kiss him, because this is the only way his sins will be absolved, But she says that touching hands is enough. “(R)If I profane with my unworthiest hand/This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:/My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand/To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss. (J) Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,/Which mannerly devotion shows in this;/For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch,And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss. (R)Have not saints lips, and holy palmers too?/Ay, pilgrim, lips that they must use in prayer.Romeo then convinces her by saying, “O, then, dear saint, let lips do what hands do;/They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.” Juliet then agrees to be still while Romeo kisses her because “saints do not move” Second: Juliet says that if she has taken Romeo’s sin from him, his sin is now in her lips. Romeo now says, “Give me my sin again”. So Juliet will kiss his again.
What clues do we get to Juliet’s character in her banter with Romeo and her questions to the Nurse? (Act 1, Scene 5) We learn that she is smart and curious
How does Romeo find out who Juliet is? How does she find out his identity? They both ask the Nurse (“Her mother is the lady of the house,”; “His name is Romeo, and a Montague; The only son of your great enemy.”)

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