English I | Romeo and Juliet | Act I, Scenes I-III (Possible Questions)

Act I, Scene I:Who are Sampson and Gregory, and in which house does each work? Sampson and Gregory are servants. They work for the Capulet house.
Act I, Scene I:What insulting gesture does Sampson direct toward Abram and Balthasar; what is it equivalent to these days? Sampson had bit his thumb in the direction of Abram and Balthasar. These days, this gesture would be the equivalent of putting up the middle finger to someone.
Act I, Scene I:Tybalt’s name comes from a word that means bold; Benvolio is from words that mean “I wish” or “well”. From what you know about them, how appropriate are their names? Why? The names are very appropriate for the characters. Like his name Tybalt is someone who acts bold himself. He hates the Montague family and wishes harm on Romeo, even when Lord Capulet says otherwise. Benvolio, on the other hand, is always someone who wishes well for his friends and is generally a friendly, peacekeeping person.
Act I, Scene I:Who finally breaks up the fight between the Montague and Capulet servants? Prince Escalus breaks up the fight between the Montague and Capulet servants.
Act I, Scene I:What is the present state of the feud? How do you know? The present state of the feud is currently at ease. We know this because Benvolio had declared peace and a death sentence to those who wish to invoke the feud, then goes on to speak with the Montagues (and presumably the Capulets later on as well), explaining about how the fighting had started.
Act I, Scene I:Describe the way Romeo has been acting according to Lord Montague. Cite specific lines to discuss in class. Lord Montague sees that Romeo is lonely and depressed, and he thinks that Romeo should not be left alone, hinting that Benvolio should help him.”Many a morning hath he there been seen, / With tears augmenting the fresh morning dew, / Adding to clouds more clouds with his deep sighs” (1.1.131-133).
Act I, Scene I:How does Romeo characterize the woman he loves? What does this characterization suggest about her and about him? Romeo describes the woman as a beautiful girl that doesn’t love him back; someone who is beautiful, but “too fair, too wise, wisely too fair”. This characterization suggests that Romeo seems to go for more of a personality when it comes to having a lover. It also suggests that Rosaline is not an easy person to be with; being too caught up in severity and thought to consider someone like Romeo due to their differences in the perception of love.
Act I, Scene I:What is Benvolio’s promise to Romeo? How does this promise support the meaning of his name? Benvolio’s promise to Romeo is that he will help Romeo in forgetting about Rosaline and to help him find new love, saying that he would die in debt if he didn’t. As I’ve mentioned before, Benvolio is someone who wishes well for his friends. Since Benvolio’s name derives from words that mean, “I wish”, or “well”, it makes sense that he would make this type of promise towards Romeo in his time of great need.
Act I, Scene II:Who is Paris, and what does he want from Lord Capulet? Paris is a young nobleman and kinsman to the prince, and he wishes to marry Juliet, Lord Capulet’s daughter.
Act I, Scene II:How does Capulet respond? How does this response characterize him, and what does it suggest about his relationship with his daughter? Lord Capulet responds by saying that he doesn’t want Juliet to marry before age 15. This response suggests that he’s a caring father for his daughter, and that he wants only the best for Julia; making sure that she’s able to choose the life that she sees best for herself.
Act I, Scene II:What error does the Capulet servant make? Why? The Capulet servant’s mistake is that he invites Romeo and Benvolio to Capulet’s party. This is a mistake because he doesn’t realize that they are of the Montague household.
Act I, Scene II:What is comic relief; how does the Capulet servant serve as comic relief? Comic relief is an amusing scene or incident introduced in a serious part of literature, such as a play, in order to provide temporary relief from the tension. The Capulet servant is very frantic, and he’s unable to read. Not only this, but he tells Romeo about the party that the Capulet family is having, saying that he is invited and the only ones that aren’t allowed to come to the party are those of Montigue, even though he is inviting two people from Montigue, creating irony.
Act I, Scene III:Characterize the nurse. Cite specific lines to discuss in class. The nurse is a woman of comic foil. She is constantly chattering, making rude comments, and always putting in her two cents, casting a light-hearted and easy spirit over the play’s tragic themes.”Peace, I have done. God mark thee to his grace! / Thou wast the prettiest babe that e’er I nursed…” (1.3.444)
Act I, Scene III:What extended metaphor does Lady Capulet use to describe Paris? What is the effect of this metaphor? Lady Capulet used metaphors pertaining to a book that Juliet should read. The effect of the metaphor is to explain how Lady Capulet wishes for Paris and Juliet to marry as a couple.
Act I, Scene III:Describe Juliet’s response to her mother’s announcement that Paris wishes to marry her. At first, Juliet doesn’t respond, and her mother has to ask her to speak. Juliet says that she’ll act like she’s with Paris, but not for very long. Lady Capulet’s speech to Juliet started from the assumption that because Paris is good-looking, Juliet would be attracted to him, but Juliet seems to have her doubts.
Act I, Scene III:Based on the interaction between Juliet, her Nurse, and her mother, how would you describe the relationships between Juliet and her Nurse and Juliet and her mother? Cite specific evidence. While Lady Capulet treats Juliet like a young adult, using nothing short of formal language to get her points across, while the nurse still sees Juliet as the young baby she was years ago, and still tries to treat her as such as justify doing so. “Tell me, daughter Juliet, / How stands your disposition to be married?” (1.3.64-65).”An honour! were not I thine only nurse, I would say thou hadst suck’d wisdom from thy teat.” (1.3.67-68)
Act I, Scene III:Based on your characterizations, how are Lord and Lady Capulet both alike and different? Lord Capulet and Lady Capulet are similar in some aspects. They both want Juliet to marry Paris, and they are both not very acquaintanced with Juliet’s feelings. However, they are different in some aspects as well. While Lady Capulet wants Juliet to marry Paris because it was how she had been married to Lord Capulet years ago, Lord Capulet simply thinks that it would be a good decision with the idea of love in mind. While Lord Capulet commands respect and propriety, Lady Capulet is more focused on love and arrangement.

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