Romeo and Juliet

What is the purpose of the prologue? It introduces the play.
In what poetic form is the prologue? sonnet
What does Shakespeare tell the reader about how the story is going to end? He explains the reason why Romeo and Juliet die and why it’s important to the story.
What themes are established in the prologue? love, hate, passion, fate
Act I, Scene I: How does Shakespeare start the play so that he gains the attention of the “groundings?” He starts with a fight and makes it kind of funny.
Act I, Scene I: Lines 59 and 60 is the first introduction to Benvolio. What does his words reveal about his character? Benvolio is peaceful and he doesn’t want to fight.
Act I, Scene I: In lines 65 67, the first impression of Tybalt occurs. What shows in his characters?-Tybalt wants to show his hate by fighting with people.
Act I, Scene I: What is the Prince’s new law? He threatens to kill anyone who fights.
Act I, Scene I: When the reader is first introduced to Romeo, who is he in love with? Rosaline
Act I, Scene I: When describing his feelings to Benvolio, who does Romeo use oxymorons? He uses oxymorons because he doesn’t fully understand love and everything that it is.
Act I, Scene I: What does Benvolio advise Romeo to do about his love for Rosaline? He advises Romeo to forget about her and find some other girl.
Act I, Scene II: In this scene, Lord Capulet talks to Paris about marrying Juliet. What two reasons does he give for not want Juliet to marry at this time? He thinks that Juliet is too young to get married and he wants her to choose for herself and be happy.
Act I, Scene II: On what condition will Lord Capulet agree to Juliet’s marriage with Paris? Paris has to get Juliet to fall in love with him before they get married.
Act I, Scene II: Why does Benvolio get excited about the Capulet party that Rosaline will be attending? He’s excited because he wants to convince Romeo that he isn’t in love with Rosaline.
Act I, Scene III: What is the nurse’s relationship with Juliet? The nurse basically raised Juliet and they have been together since Juliet’s birth.
Act I, Scene III: How would someone describe the nurse’s personality? She’s very talkative and cares about Juliet.
Act I, Scene III: What is the nurse’s one wish for Juliet? She wants to see her get married someday.
Act I, Scene III: When Lady Capulet asks Juliet how she feels about being married, what is Juliet’s answer? Juliet hasn’t really thought about getting married, she’s not ready.
Act I, Scene III: What does the nurse see in Paris and what does it reveal about her attitude towards love and marriage? The nurse thinks that Paris is perfect for Juliet because he’s wealthy and attractive. She thinks marriage isn’t about love, but rather about status.
Act I, Scene III: What does Lady Capulet see in Paris and what does it reveal about the attitude towards love and marriage? Lady Capulet thinks that Juliet might be able to eventually like Paris. She thinks marriage is about status, but people have to know about the status of the person she’s marrying.
Act I, Scene III: What is Juliet’s answer to marrying Paris? She’s willing to try to like him, but she’s not willing to force herself into loving him.
Act I, Scene IV: Why does Romeo feel uneasy about going to the party? Romeo had a dream that some event being worked out by fate will occur at the party and will lead him to an early death.
Act I, Scene IV: What is the Elizabethan attitude towards the stars and astrology? They believe that the stars can predict fate.
Act I, Scene IV: What does Romeo decide to do in regards of the Capulet party? He decides to go to the party and may die.
Act I, Scene V: What does Romeo compare Juliet to when he first sees her? He compares her to a rich jewel, a dove among crows, and a pure saint.
Act I, Scene V: How does Romeo’s speech about his love for Juliet compare to his speeches about being in love with Rosaline? They’re the same, but he is more sincere towards Juliet than he was to Rosaline.
Act I, Scene V: Tybalt recognizes Romeo’s voice ad tries to start a fight. What two reasons does Lord Capulet give to stopping him? Lord Capulet doesn’t want a fight to occur in his house during the party and he claims that there’s no reason to fight Romeo because he is acting like a gentleman.
Act I, Scene V: What threat does Tybalt make as he agrees to withdraw? He threatens that Romeo’s presence at the party is going to cause something bad in the future.
Act I, Scene V: When Romeo and Juliet speak to each other for the first time, what do they say? Romeo and Juliet are flirting. He compares them to a pilgrim and a saint and tells Juliet that she can take away his sin by kissing him.
Act I, Scene V: What is ironic about what Juliet says at the end of the scene? The audience knows that she’s going to die because of her love for Romeo.
Act II, Scene I: Instead of returning home, where does Romeo go after the party? Romeo goes to the Capulet’s house to see Juliet.
Act II, Scene I: Describe Romeo’s friends. They think that he’s still in love with Rosaline and they mock his love for her.
Act II, Scene II: Juliet is on the balcony outside her bedroom, but she cannot hear the words Romeo says to himself as he looks at her from his hiding place below:a. Why does Romeo compare Juliet to the sun?b. Why does he want the sun to kill the envious moon?c. Why is the moon envious?d. Why does he compare Juliet’s eyes to the stars?e. Why is this comparison to stars another example of foreshadowing? a. Juliet is the new light in his life, she’s bright and beautiful.b. He wants Juliet to replace the sadness from Rosaline.c. The moon is envious of the sun’s light and beauty.d. Her eyes are bright and shiny. They twinkle.e. The stars have aligned and it’s fate for them to be together.
Act II, Scene II: What does Juliet say about Romeo when she thinks no one can hear her? She says that she wants Romeo and her to be together and is suggesting that one of them should abandon their family.
Act II, Scene II: What is Juliet’s attitude towards the feud that has separated the two families? She thinks it’s stupid and that a name doesn’t define people and who they are.
Act II, Scene II: When Juliet finds out that Romeo is listening to her talk about him, how does her attitude change and what is she worried about? She doubts Romeo’s love for her. She’s worried about moving too quickly and about being too easy.
Act II, Scene II: Why does Juliet object to Romeo’s swearing on the moon of his love? Juliet objects because the moon changes and if Romeo swears his love on the moon, then it too will change.
Act II, Scene II: What does Juliet tell Romeo at the end of the scene? She tells him to go home and come back tomorrow to tell her if he wants to get married. And if he does want to, he needs a time and place.
Act II, Scene III: Friar Laurence is introduced in a long soliloquy in which he philosophies about nature and mankind. Paraphrase his speech. He talks of herbs that have good qualities and can be used for medicine, but he also talks about harmful weeds that can be used as poison instead of medicine.
Act II, Scene III: What does Romeo tell Friar Laurence, and what does he want from the Friar? Romeo tells him that he has fallen in love with Juliet and wants him to marry them.
Act II, Scene III: What is Friar Lawrence’s reaction to hearing of Romeo’s new love? He questions if their love is true.
Act II, Scene III: What reason does Friar Laurence give for agreeing to marry Romeo and Juliet? He wants the fighting between the Capulets and Montagues to end.
Act II, Scene IV: What message does Romeo want the nurse to give to Juliet? He wants the nurse to tell Juliet to go to confession and Friar Laurence will marry them there.
Act II, Scene V: Juliet is very impatient to hear news from Romeo. What images does she use in her soliloquy to express this? She is saying how she can see the sun move across the sky while the nurse is gone, rather than the nurse returning as fast as cupid’s arrow.
Act II, Scene V: The nurse knows Juliet is impatient, but she keeps putting her off. Why does the nurse do this? She’s nervous about having Juliet leave. She wants to make Juliet prove that this is what she wants and that she truly loves Romeo.
Act II, Scene V: Why does the nurse agree to help Juliet marry Romeo? She wants Juliet to be happy.
Act II, Scene VI: Describe Romeo and Juliet’s wedding. There are no decorations and it’s private and short.
Act III, Scene I: Why does Tybalt approach Mercutio and Benvolio? He’s looking for Romeo.
Act III, Scene I: Mercutio tries to provoke Tybalt to fight. Why doesn’t Tybalt want to fight him? He doesn’t want to fight with Mercutio because he wants to fight with Romeo.
Act III, Scene I: Explain Romeo’s response after Tybalt insults him. Tybalt is a Capulet and now since Romeo is married to Juliet, he has to love his family.
Act III, Scene I: Explain the meaning of lines 66 70 and the dramatic irony of the situation.-Romeo loves the Capulet’s name as much as he loves his own. The audience knows he’s married, but the other characters don’t.
Act III, Scene I: Why does Romeo’s answer to Tybalt’s insult upset Mercutio? He thinks Romeo is a trader and that he’s being a suck up.
Act III, Scene I: Romeo tries to stop Mercutio and Tybalt from fighting by reasoning with them. Paraphrase what he says. The prince said he would ill people who were fighting.
Act III, Scene I: Even when he’s dying, Mercutio continues to joke and make puns. Explain the pun he makes. He jokes about dying and basically says “Ask me tomorrow and I’ll be dead.”
Act III, Scene I: What does Mercutio mean when he says “A plague O’ both your houses! They have made worms meat of me.”? He hates everyone. Curse to the Capulet’s and Montague’s houses. Fighting has caused his death.
Act III, Scene I: After Mercutio dies, why does Romeo decide to kill Tybalt instead of accepting Mercutio’s death as an unfortunate accident? His friend died and it was Tybalt’s fault.
Act III, Scene I: What does Romeo mean in line 132? Fate has played him, he’s unlucky, the prince will probably kill him.
Act III, Scene I: What reasoning does Lady Capulet use in begging the Prince for vengeance for Tybalt’s death? Romeo has to die because he killed Tybalt.
Act III, Scene I: What is Lord Montague’s’ reasoning in his attempt to persuade the Prince not to kill Romeo for killing Tybalt? Since Tybalt killed Mercutio, Romeo killed Tybalt to uphold the law.
Act III, Scene I: What is the Prince’s decree and what are the reasons he gives for making it? Romeo is banished. The prince was friends with Tybalt and is grieving his death.
Act III, Scene II: The nurse confuses Juliet as she tells her of the fight. What misconception does Juliet make? At first, Juliet thought only Romeo died, but then she thought that both Romeo and Tybalt died.
Act III, Scene II: When Juliet receives news of Tybalt’s death, what is her first reaction? She starts to think that Romeo is evil.
Act III, Scene II: When the nurse agrees with Juliet, what is her reaction? Juliet starts defending Romeo for killing Tybalt.
Act III, Scene II: How does the scene end? Juliet is still in love with Romeo, she wants to spend the night with him, the nurse goes to find Romeo at Friar Laurence’s cell.
Act III, Scene III: What is Romeo’s reaction when he learns that he has been banished? He would have preferred death because if he’s banished then he can’t see Juliet.
Act III, Scene III: From the beginning of the play, Romeo acts impulsively. In what ways is he still impulsive in this scene? He threatens to kill himself because he thinks things are bad with Juliet.
Act III, Scene III: Friar Laurence tells Romeo to count his blessings. What are they? Juliet is alive, Romeo is alive, Tybalt is dead and isn’t trying to kill Romeo.
Act III, Scene III: Explain Friar Laurence’s plan. Go to Juliet, comfort her, run to Mannia and stay there for a while, and Friar will make their marriage public.
Act III, Scene IV: Describe the conversation between Capulet and Paris. Capulet wants Juliet to marry Paris in three days.
Act III, Scene V: What does Juliet say about Tybalt and Rome to keep the truth from her mother? Juliet says she’s sad that Romeo isn’t dead for killing Tybalt.
Act III, Scene V: What is Juliet’s response when she is told the news that she is to marry Paris? She says that she doesn’t want to marry Paris so much that she would rather marry Romeo, who is supposed to be her enemy.
Act III, Scene V: What is her mother’s reaction to Juliet’s response? Lady Capulet says that Juliet should tell her father and see what he says.
Act III, Scene V: What is Lord Capulet’s response to Juliet’s refusal to marry Paris? He is very upset and says that if Juliet doesn’t marry Paris, he will disown her.
Act III, Scene V: What does the nurse advise Juliet to do? What is her reasoning? The nurse advises Juliet to marry Paris because he’s better than Romeo. It would make her parents happy. Romeo is banished and probably won’t come back.
Act III, Scene V: After the nurse leaves and Juliet is alone, what does Juliet decide to do? Juliet decides to go to the Friar to see what he can do to help.
Act IV, Scene I: Why is Paris visiting Friar Laurence? To get married to Juliet
Act IV, Scene I: What does Juliet say she will do if she’s forced to marry Paris? She says she will kill herself if she’s forced to marry him.
Act IV, Scene I: What does the Friar’s plan require? It would require drugs that could possibly lead Juliet to an actual death.
Act IV, Scene I: What is Juliet’s answer to the Friar in her effort to convince him that she will do anything to avoid the marriage with Paris? She lists dangerous acts that she would be willing to do to avoid marrying Paris.
Act IV, Scene I: Summarize the Friar’s plan. Go home and agree to marry Paris. Before she goes to sleep, she needs to take drugs that will fake her death. The Friar will tell Romeo of the plan and tell him that Juliet isn’t actually dead. After her family places her in a tomb, she will wake up with Romeo and they can run away together.
Act IV, Scene II: What is happening in the Capulet household at the beginning of this scene? They are all preparing for the wedding of Paris and Juliet.
Act IV, Scene II: What does Juliet say about consenting to marrying Paris? She kneels before her father, asks for forgiveness, and agrees to marry him.
Act IV, Scene II: Describe how Lord Capulet reacts to Juliet agreeing to marry Paris? He is excited and moves the date up a day.
Act IV, Scene III: Summarize Juliet’s soliloquy. Juliet states how she’s scared of both dying and living. She’s scared of dying because she doesn’t want to live without Romeo, but she’s also scared of living and having their plan not work. She’s scared that their plan won’t work and she will end up marrying Paris. She’s scared of dying and seeing Tybalt’s ghost. She’s scared that the Friar is lying and won’t keep his word or stick to the plane.
Act IV, Scene III: Why is Juliet’s soliloquy considered one of the most important in this play? It’s important because it takes place right before their plan goes into action. It changes everything and it foreshadows Juliet’s death.
Act IV, Scene IV: What time of day is it in this scene? 3 AM
Act IV, Scene IV: What has gone on all night long? Everyone in the Capulet house is preparing for the wedding between Paris and Juliet.
Act IV, Scene V: What discovery was made at the beginning of this scene? Juliet appears to be dead.
Act IV, Scene V: How does Friar Laurence react to Juliet’s death? He says that it’s better that she’s dead, she’s in a better place, he blames her parents, if they loved their child they should be happy because the best place for her is heaven, better to die young than be unhappily married for a long time, take her to her grave and have a short funeral.
Act V, Scene I: What premonition does Romeo have at the beginning of this scene? He had a dream that Juliet came and found him dead. In his dream, he was awoken by Juliet’s kiss.
Act V, Scene I: What news does Balthasar bring? How does this disrupt the Friar’s plan? He tells Romeo that Juliet is dead. She isn’t actually dead, she’s alive, but she seems dead.
Act V, Scene I: What does Romeo say about the stars and why is that a brazen thing to say? Romeo defies the stars. He rebels against a system that he hasn’t been lucky with before in the past.
Act V, Scene I: What does Romeo decide to do after he hears Balthasar’s story? He illegally buys poison so he can kill himself next to Juliet’s “dead” body.
Act V, Scene II: What story does Friar John tell Friar Laurence as explanation as to why he could not deliver the letter to Romeo? Friar John was supposed to deliver the message to Romeo that Juliet wasn’t actually dead, but says he was stopped because he was suspected of having the plaque.
Act V, Scene III: What does Romeo notice about Juliet? Dramatic irony? He notices that she still has color in her face and doesn’t look completely dead.
Act V, Scene III: What does Juliet realize about Romeo’s dead body? He hasn’t been dead for very long and there’s more poison left.
Act V, Scene III: How does Juliet actually kill herself? She takes Romeo’s dagger and stabs herself.
Act V, Scene III: When Capulet first arrives on the scene, what does he tell those there? He says that his wife is dead from all the stress she has gone through.
Act V, Scene III: Summarize the death of Romeo and Juliet Friar married Romeo and Juliet, Romeo was banished for killing Tybalt, Juliet was being forced to marry Paris, Juliet faked her death, Romeo doesn’t get word of the plan and thinks that Juliet is actually dead, Romeo kills himself, Juliet kills herself.
Act V, Scene III: What information does Romeo’s letter give? It confirms the Friar’s story and says that everything that happened throughout the play was true.
Act V, Scene III: How do the Montague and Capulet families plan to honor the memories of their children? They end their feud and put up statues of Romeo and Juliet in town as a reminder of what the feud has cost them.
List the names of all who died in this play and identify how each person died. Mercutio – Tybalt killed himTybalt – Romeo killed himParis – Romeo killed himRomeo – suicideJuliet – suicideLady Capulet – stress

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