Romeo and Juliet – Act One

Scene 1: Why do Benvolio and Tybalt begin to fight? What does Tybalt misunderstand? Benvolio and Tybalt fight because they’re on opposite sides of the family feud. Tybalt did not understand that he was trying to stop the fight, so he taunted him into another fight.
Scene 1: What two families are quarreling? The Capulets and the Montagues
Scene 1: How many street fights have the Capulets and Montagues had? They have had three street fights
Scene 1: If they have another fight, what does the Prince say will happen to them? If the two families have another fight, the Prince says they will be tortured and put to death.
Scene 1: According to Benvolio, where did he find/see Romeo in the morning? Benvolio says that he had seen Romeo in the woods before dawn. He says that Romeo was crying underneath a tree.
Scene 1: Montague, Romeo’s father, says Romeo can be found doing what in the morning? Montague says that Romeo can be found locked in his room in the mornings. Montague also says that Romeo will darken the room and cry.
Scene 1: In lines 175-180, why is Romeo sad? Romeo is sad because he has fallen in love with a woman who does not feel the same way about him.
Scene 1: List at least four things Romeo compares love to in lines 200-209. Romeo compares love to smoke raised with the fume of sighs, a madness most discreet, a choking gall and a preserving sweet, and a fire sparkling in a lover’s eyes.
Scene 1: Why does the woman Romeo love not love him back? Explain. The women that Romeo had fallen for has chosen to never fall in love. The women has chosen to live her life in chastity. Since she has chosen this, she will never have any form of sex, nor will she ever be wed.
Scene 1: What advice does Benvolio give to Romeo to forget about the woman he loves? To forget about the women Romeo has fallen for, Benvolio has advised Romeo to look for a different girl. Benvolio basically tells Romeo that there are more fish in the sea and that he should keep fishing.
Scene 2: How old is Juliet? Juliet is only thirteen years old when we first read about her.
Scene 2: What does “Younger than she are happy mothers made” mean? This statement means that there are girls that are younger than Juliet who are already happy mothers.
Scene 2: In lines 85-87, who is throwing a party? Who is not welcome at that party? The Capulet family is throwing a party that everyone, except the Montague family, is invited to.
Scene 2: What is the name of the woman Romeo is in love with? Romeo has fallen in love with a woman named Rosaline.
Scene 2: Benvolio tells Romeo to do what at the end of scene two? Benvolio tells Romeo that he should attend the party that he is not allowed to go to.
Scene 3: What happened to the nurse’s daughter? The nurse’s daughter was married when she was of a “pretty age”
Scene 3: Who wants to marry Juliet? Is she happy about it? Paris wants to marry Juliet and she could care less about it. Juliet is not too interested in marriage.
Scene 4: Where are Romeo and Benvolio? Romeo and Benvolio are at the Capulet party.
Scene 4: Romeo again compares love to other things in lines 26-27. What does he say of love? Romeo says that love is rough, rude, boisterous, it is not tender, and that it pricks like a thorn.
Scene 4: Who is Queen Mab? Queen Mab is the fairies’ midwife
Scene 4: Why is Romeo fearful of going to the party? Romeo is fearful to attend the party because he knows the Montague family is not allowed to attend. Romeo does not want his identity to be found out.
Scene 5: What happens when Romeo first sees Juliet? Romeo notices how beautiful she is and reconsiders what love is.
Scene 5: Starting in line 72, what is Capulet’s opinion of Romeo? What does he tell Tybalt to do?
Scene 5: List some of the words Romeo and Juliet use when talking about kissing. What does this show about their views on love? Romeo and Juliet use sayings like “holy palmer’s kiss” and “lips that they must use in prayer”. This shows the reader how they feel that love is special. They compare love to the church.
Scene 5: What does “You kiss by the book” mean? This means that someone kisses well.
Scene 5: What realization do both Romeo and Juliet come to after falling in love with each other? Romeo and Juliet realize they are from enemy families after they have fallen in love with each other.

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