Romeo and Juliet Act I-II

What is another word for the prologue of the play? What purpose does it serve? The introductionIt tells the reader what they must know in order to understand the story
In which poetic form is the prologue? Provide its definition. A sonneta poem that contains 14 lines, iambic pentameter, 10 syllables on a line: stressed, unstressed (heartbeat)
Who speaks the prologue? the chorus
Who is fighting at the beginning of the first scene? Why? The Capulet servant and the Montague servants, because they are loyal to their families.
What does Benvolio try to do? What type of person does this make Benvolio? (What role will he serve in the play?) He tries to make peace, which makes him the peacemaker of the play.
Who wants to join in and kill all of the Montagues? Tybalt
According to the prince, the fighting has taken place three times before. What threat does he make to Lord Montague and Lord Capulet? The prince says if they fight in public one more time, he will execute them.
Why is Romeo sad? He is sad because he loves Rosaline, but she does not love him back.
Define oxymoron. List 5 examples from the book two opposite words that are paired together—conflict, emotionalbrawling love, loving hate, heavy lightness, bright smoke, cold fire
What does Paris ask Capulet? He asks if he can marry Juliet.
What is Capulet’s first answer to Paris’s question? no she is too youngwait two summersCapulet wants Juliet to love her husband
Why does Capulet decide to hold a feast? He wants Juliet to find love
What problem does the servant have? How does this involve Romeo? can’t readRomeo helps him read the list—he sees Rosaline’s name
What is the name of the woman Romeo loves? Rosaline
Interpret what Romeo is saying to Benvolio at the end of this scene. Romeo says he will be shocked if he can find someone prettier than Rosaline
What is the literary term used to describe the Nurse? Explain. FOIL—a character who contrasts with another character in order to highlight qualities of that other character The nurse is the opposite of Juliet; she makes Juliet look prettier and more innocent
Briefly summarize the Nurse’s speech. What form of speech is this? vulgarmonologuetalks about her daughter Susan, who passed away
How old is Juliet? Describe what we know of her character. 13beautiful, kind, humble
When Lady Capulet asks Juliet how she feels about marriage, what is Juliet’s answer? she is too younghonor that she hasn’t dreamed of
Following Juliet’s answer, what does Lady Capulet say? consider Parismetaphor: Read over the volume of young Paris’s face
According to Mercutio, who or what is Queen Mab, and what does she or it do? Which form of speech is this? fairy that rides along and gives people dreams
What does Mercutio say about dreams? Romeo’s response to this speech is significant. Reread his lines at the end of this scene (“I fear too early…gentleman!”) and interpret their meaning children of the idle brainlazy brain
What is Romeo’s mood at the end of this scene? worry, concern
What does Romeo tell Benvolio, which serves as FORESHADOWING (hints at future action in the play)? something bad is gonna come soon Romeo dying at the end of the play
What does Romeo think of Juliet the first time he sees her? What happens to his feelings for Rosaline? What does this tell us about Romeo’s character? most beautiful girl he has ever seen—falls in love with herfeelings for Roasline disappearthis tells us that he is not impulsive
How does Tybalt recognize Romeo? his voice
When Tybalt is ready to seize Romeo and throw him out of the party, what does Capulet say to Tybalt? Romeo is acting like a gentleman and Tybalt should too—don’t do anything/let him stay
Summarize the conversation between Romeo and Juliet metaphor—saint & pilgrimsthey kiss
The Nurse informs Romeo of Juliet’s identity. What does Romeo mean when he says, “Oh dear account! My life is my foe’s debt.” Gonna kill himlife=payment for loving her
When the Nurse tells Juliet that Romeo is a Montague, Juliet is upset. Summarize her response the only person she loves is her enemy
What is the conflict at the end of Act I? How will this impact the two teens Romeo & Juliet love each other but cannot be together.
How does the Chorus use personification in the prologue of Act II? To describe Romeo’s love for Rosaline dying and being replaced by his forbidden love, Juliet
Who are Mercutio and Benvolio trying to find? What are they discussing Romeo—They are mocking him because he is lovestruck
What does Romeo mean when he says, “he jests at scars that never felt a wound.” Romeo means Mercutio is making fun of love, even though he has never felt it
When Juliet appears on the balcony, what does Romeo compare her to? Romeo compares Juliet to the sun
What does Romeo say about Juliet’s eyes? Her eyes are as bright as two stars
What does Juliet mean when she says,”Wherefore art thou Romeo?” She is asking why Romeo has to be a Montague
What does Juliet say about names? names don’t change an object
Compare (similarities) and contrast (differences) Romeo and Juliet in this scene. With what is Romeo most concerned? Romeo is concerned with marrying Juliet and finding the time to do so. Juliet is concerned that her family will find Romeo there and possibly try to kill him.
What does Romeo say he will do at the end of scene 2 act II? That he will send to marry her and tat it will hopefully end the fighting between the families.
What has Friar Lawrence been collecting in his basket? Baleful weeds and precious juiced flowers
What does Friar say about the nature of things in his soliloquy? The earth provides us with plants to help if used correctly, but can harm is abused
What comment does Friar make about Romeo being up so early? Old men can wake up early because they have worries, but a young man should go to bed early and get plenty of sleep. Therefore, Romeo must be up to no good because he is a young man and up so early
Why does Friar decide to marry Romeo and Juliet? Because he thinks by marrying the couple it will end the feud between the families.
According to Mercutio, what kind of man is Tybalt? Tybalt is an excellent fighter who is very precise—nickname is the courageous captain of compliments—Mercutio doesn’t like Tybalt
What does the Nurse explain to Romeo in this scene? Juliet is still a young girl (innocent) he better treat her right
What is the plan that Romeo explains to the Nurse in return? Romeo explains that Juliet must leave her house and go to confession. Friar will then marry them
How long was the Nurse gone for? 3 hours
How is the Nurse behaving that is frustrating to Juliet? The nurse keeps putting off Juliet’s needs, yet she knows she is impatient
Why does Romeo mention death in the midst of wedding preparations? What is Shakespeare providing the audience with here as well? Romeo is having the feeling that something bad is going to happen (foreshadowing)
What does Friar mean when he says, “Therefore, love moderately; long love doth so?” Why does he mention honey to Romeo? He means to not get carried away with the wild, passionate, love that burns out quickly. Love Juliet in a calm, sensible way, because that’s how long-lasting love works. He mentions honey to Romeo because he is saying tat even the sweetest honey is loathsome in its own deliciousness.

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