Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Study Guide!

What household is Benvolio from? What role does he play in the street brawl? Characterize Benvolio. He’s part of the Montague family. He wants to stops the fight.
What household is Tybalt from? What role does he play in the street brawl? Characterize Tybalt. He’s part of the Capulet family. He wants to fight and do bad things.
Summarize Prince Escalus’s speech. What threat does he make? There’s been three fights over practically nothing and he sentences them to death.
How is Benvolio related to Romeo? Why do Lord Montague and his wife leave it to Benvolio to find out what’s wrong with Romeo? He is related by being his cousin. They leave them alone so they can solve their problems on their own. Benvolio doesn’t want to open up to his parents, he wants to open up to his cousin.
What does Lord Montague tell Benvolio his son (Romeo) has been doing recently? He’s been crying, depressed, anti-social, etc.
What has been bothering Romeo? What advice does Benvolio give? What does this foreshadow? He’s in love. He tells him to move on and forget about it. Emotions rule his life and he might do something tragic.
How has Lord Capulet reacted to the Prince’s decree? Why? He understands about keeping the peace, but he doesn’t understand how hard it is to keep the peace.
Who is Count Paris? What does he ask Lord Capulet? He is Juliet’s suitor.
What is Lord Capulet’s first answer to Paris’s question? His second answer? No. Well maybe, if you can get her to like you, then yes.
How old is Juliet? 13
How does Lord Capulet feel about his daughter? Why? He feels good about her because he wants to feel happy for her.
How do Romeo and Benvolio find out about the party at the Capulet’s? From the servants list.
What does Benvolio suggest? Why does Romeo agree? He suggests to go to the party anyway. So he can find someone else to love.
Describe Juliet’s relationship with her mother. It’s scary, wonderful, etc.
Characterize Nurse. How well does she know the Capulet family? Describe her relationship with Juliet. She gives love advice.
What does Lady Capulet tell Juliet? How does Juliet respond? She thinks about who she’s gonna marry.
Why is Nurse impressed with Paris? Because of his looks.
Who is Mercutio? How does he feel about Romeo’s love-struck condition? Could Mercutio be a potential troublemaker at the party? Why or why not? He is a close friend to Romeo and blood relative to Prince Escalus and Count Paris.
What is the meaning of Mercutio’s “Queen Mab” speech? What does Romeo mean when he says to Mercutio, “Thou talkst of nothing?” Characterize Mercutio. Not everything seems what it could be.
What does Romeo’s speech at the end of this scene foreshadow? His death. A jokester and a storyteller.
How do Romeo and his friends get into the party without being noticed? The party is a masquerade ball.
Romeo falls in love with Juliet as soon as he sees her. Based on what you know about Romeo’s past love, what drives him to fall in love? Her looks, she’s a gov hanging out with crows.
What angers Tybalt? How does he know? What does Lord Capulet tell Tybalt to do about Romeo? Why? To chill and back off.
Why does Lord Capulet lose his temper? Characterize him. Because Tybalt argues with him.
What does Juliet hint at when she says, “Then have my lips the sin that they have took.” (Hint: Romeo’s response is, “Oh, trespass sweetly urged.”) To kiss.
How do the two young lovers react when they realize that they have come from feuding households? Romeo was in shock.

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