Romeo and Juliet: Act I Q’s & A’s

In what city does this play take place? Verona, Italy
Why are Romeo and Juliet called “star -crossed” lovers? They’re star crossed lovers because their fate was “written” in the stars” and sadly their stars/fate did not allow them to be together-they were “crossed” by fate
Who is fighting at the beginning of the first scene? The servants of the Montague household are fighting with the servants of the Capulet household: Sampson and Abram; Tybalt gets involved too
Who tries to break up the fighting? Benvolio
What threat does the Prince make to Lord Montague and Lord Capulet? “If your violence disrupts our streets again your lives shall pay the price.”He tells them that if they fight one more time in a public place, then they will both be put to death
Benvolio and Montague describe Romeo’s recent behavior. What do they say about him? They say he is depressed and lock himself up in his room during the day; he has been crying and sighing a lot
Why is, in fact, Romeo so sad? Explain. Romeo is so sad because his girlfriend, Rosaline, broke his heart by deciding to remain chaste; they broke up
What is Benvolio’s advice to Romeo? Benvolio tells Romeo to look at other girls to get over Rosaline
Why does Capulet think it will be easy for Montague and him to keep this peace? Because they’re both old
What does Paris ask Capulet? Permission to marry Juliet
What is Capulet’s first answer? Tells him to wait two years and make Juliet consent to marrying him.
What problem does Capulet’s servant have? Reading the guest list for the party. This leads to him meeting Romeo and asking for his help to read.
What is the name if the woman Romeo loves and is heartbroken over? Rosaline
After seeing the invitation, what do Romeo and Benvolio decide to do? Show up at the party uninvited
how old is Juliet? 13 going on 14
when Lady Capulet asks Juliet how she feels about marriage, what is Juliet’s answer? Juliet doesn’t really think about it, she’s not interested in marriage and is still young and innocent
following Juliet’s answer, what does Lady Capulet then tell Juliet? she tells her that she should marry Paris
what is Mercutio’s opinion of love? and of dreams? he (opposes Romeos views of dreams) and does not believe will predict our future/fate, and thinks dreams lie. He thinks the fairy Queen Mab brings dreams as a result of men’s worldly desires and anxieties.Mercutio does not take love seriously and is an anti-romantic character. He makes fun of Romeo’s view of love
what is Romeo’s mood at the end of the same scene? Explain. Romeo is scared and fearful that something is going to happen if he goes to the party
what does Romeo think of Juliet the first time he sees her? he immediately is attracted to Juliet and is astounded by her beauty
how does Tybalt recognize Romeo? Romeo had removed his mask to see Juliet, and Tybalt recognizes his voice from across the room and sees him
when Tybalt is ready to seize Romeo and throw him out of the party, what does his uncle, Lord Capulet, say to him? Capulet tells Tybalt to let Romeo stay at the party in peace, refers to him as a respectful and honoring young man that wouldn’t cause harm
explain what the conversation is between Romeo and Juliet. they discuss praying and kissing by way of metaphor/ sonnet (flirting)
how does Romeo discover Juliet’s last name? he asks the nurse who her mother is
how does Juliet discover Romeo’s last name? she asks the nurse, who doesn’t know, then Juliet tells her to go find out and the nurse finds out that he is a Montague

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