ROMEO AND JULIET ANSWERS GRIGGS (act 1 is 1-24, act 2 is 25-42, act 3 is 43-59)

What (or who!) starts the brawl? Gregory and Sampson see two Montague servants approaching, and plan the best way to provoke the servants into a fight without breaking the law. Sampson then bites his thumb which is an insulting gesture.
How does Benvolio get involved? What is Tybalt’s response? Benvolio, a kinsman to Montague, enters and draws his sword in an attempt to stop the confrontation. Tybalt, a kinsman to Capulet, sees Benvolio’s drawn sword and draws his own.
What background information does the Prince provide about the feuding families? The prince provides information about the family’s pernicious feud.
Describe Tybalt’s personality. Tybalt has a strong hatred for the Montague’s and is quick to draw his sword when he feels at danger, he is very impulsive and arrogant.
What do Montague and Benvolio plan to do regarding Romeo? Montague has tried to confront his son, but has had little success so Benvolio decides to confront him about his melancholy behavior.
What is wrong with Romeo? Romeo is in love with Rosaline but she does not feel the same, and she swears she never will. Romeo feels he will never find love.
What is Benvolio’s solution? Benvolio’s solution is that he focuses on other girls and takes his mind off of her. Romeo says that Benvolio will never be able to find him love again, but Benvolio plans to do just that.
What are Capulet and Paris talking about? Capulet and Paris are talking about his desire to marry Capulet’s daughter Juliet, but Capulet is worried she is too young.
How old is Juliet? 13
What is Capulet’s position on the subject of their conversation? What is his Capulet tells Paris to wait 2 years then he shall be a perfect suitor.
proposal to Paris? Capulet also tells Paris to attend the traditional masquerade feast he is holding that very night, so that Paris might begin to win over Juliet and then he will give his consent.
How does Romeo get “invited” to the party? The servant sees Romeo and without knowing who he is ask him to read the list of people to invite because he cannot read. Romeo then sees Rosaline’s name on the list and when the servant thanks him and invites him he decides to go.
Why does Benvolio want Romeo to go to the party? Benvolio tells Romeo that the feast will be the perfect opportunity to compare Rosaline with the other beautiful women of Verona. Romeo agrees to go with him, but only because Rosaline herself will be there.
What does Lady Capulet want? Lady Capulet wants Juliet to marry Paris
What does line 61 tell the reader about the relationship between Juliet and her nurse? The nurse sees Juliet as almost her own daughter who died at Juliet’s age because of how emotional she is in hoping she sees her be married, they have a stronger connection than her own mother.
What is decided by the end of the scene? At the end Juliet decides to look upon Paris to see if she is interested in possibly marrying him
How does Romeo’s mood contrast with his friends? Romeo is melancholy and the rest of his group are feeling happy and joyful.
What is Mercutio trying to do with his Queen Mab speech? Mercutio is saying that Queen Mab brings dreams that are related to what the person is already thinking
What evidence of foreshadowing is there in this scene? The scene shows how fate will take its toll on Romeo because of what he says about the night’s events ending in an untimely death
Why does Tybalt wish to quarrel with Romeo? Tybalt is angry that an enemy is here and doesn’t want to allow indignity to pass
What characteristics of Tybalt and his uncle are revealed by their discussion? It is revealed that Tybalt is very stubborn and takes action however reckless, whereas his uncle is more rational.
Why won’t Capulet let Tybalt fight Romeo? Capulet does not want the youth to be harmed at his feast, not the proper place.
Summarize the imagery of Romeo’s speech when he first describes Juliet? In a dialogue laced with religious metaphors that figure Juliet as a saint and Romeo as a pilgrim who wishes to erase his sin, he tries to convince her to kiss him, since it is only through her kiss that he might be absolved. Juliet agrees to remain still as Romeo kisses her. There is light flowy imagery making Juliet look like an angel or saint.
The Nurse has already established with her use of bawdy humour that she has arather superficial view of love. What tells you more about the Nurse’s superficial views on love and marriage in lines 112-116? It shows that the nurse believes that money is as important as love, doesn’t believe in true love more so social status.
How does Mercutio view love? Mercutio thinks that love is blind and causes people to be irrational and love is controlling.
What is a soliloquy and how is it used in Scene 2? A soliloquy is saying one’s thoughts spoken out loud. Soliloquy is used in scene 2 to when Romeo climbs to her balcony to describe Juliet’s beauty so that he can express his love.
How does Romeo learn of Juliet’s love for him? He overhears Juliet speaking of her love for him when she thinks she is alone.
What does Romeo say helped him climb over the high walls of the Cauplet orchard and find juliet’s window Love, which gave him wings, helped him over the wall and made it possible for him to find her balcony.
What do Romeo and Juliet plan to do the next day? Romeo and Juliet plan to be married the next day
Why does Juliet ask Romeo not to swear by the moon? Juliet asks Romeo not to swear his love on the moon because the moon appears to change in size as it orbits the earth, suggesting that it is fickle.
Why did the Friar object to Romeo’s love for Rosaline? Friar objects to Romeo’s love to Rosaline because he is not really in love just obsessed.
Why does he object to Romeo’s love for Juliet? He is unsure about Romeo’s change of heart from Rosaline to Juliet so soon.
Why, despite these misgivings, does he agree to marry Romeo and Juliet? The Friar believes that by marrying the two lovers, he will end the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues.
What is happening with Tybalt? How is he described by Mercutio? Tybalt is angry at Romeo and Mercutio says he is a good fighter.
How is a new Romeo introduced to the audience in this scene? Romeo is happier and cheerful
What evidence is there that the Nurse is protective of Juliet? That she goes to meet Romeo to confront him to make sure he is serious.
What is the rope ladder for? The rope ladder is so Romeo can climb into Juliet’s window
To what does Juliet attribute her Nurse’s tardiness? she is old
What evidence is there to show that Nurse views love as only a physical thing? She doesn’t talk about personality rather physical appearance
What is the Friar’s prayer at the beginning of the scene? He was praying nothing bad would happen.
How many people know of the marriage? Who are they? The nurse, Friar, Romeo and Juliet.
Where does the marriage take place? Friar Lawrence’s cell
In what way is Mercutio responsible for his own death? Mercutio is responsible because he is looking for a fight, he is asking for it.
Why does Romeo refuse Tybalt’s challenge? What logical explanation do the others believe? Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt because he is Juliet’s cousin.
What role does Romeo play in Mercutio’s death? Romeo declares that his love for Juliet has made him effeminate, and that he should have fought Tybalt in Mercutio’s place.
Who does Romeo blame indirectly for Mercutio’s death? Explain his reasoning. He blames himself indirectly, he caused conflict between the two families
What is Romeo’s punishment for the murder? exile
Why does Juliet wish darkness to come? She longs for night to fall so that Romeo can come and meet her unseen.
The Nurse’s inability to deliver a clear message gives Juliet some agonizing moments, what incorrect assumptions does Juliet make? Juliet at first thinks that Romeo is dead
Why is Juliet so upset with the Prince’s judgement? Juliet says she would rather die, than die a virgin and a widower without Romeo
How is the Nurse able to comfort her? She promises to find Romeo.
Why is Romeo so upset with the Prince’s judgement? He will never see Juliet again because he is exiled, Romeo would rather die than be without Juliet.
Describe how the Friar feels about Romeo at this point. What advice does he give Friar thinks Romeo is being dramatic tells him to be glad they are both still alive. Tells him to wait it out and then ask the prince for a pardon
Why would Capulet be so confident that Juliet will obey him and marry Paris? Because she has never disobeyed him
Why would Capulet want to move the wedding to Thursday? Wednesday is to close to Tybalt’s death
Why does it matter which bird is chirping outside the window? Romeo has to leave during the day and the bird, the nightingale sings at night where as the morning lark is during the day. She does not want Romeo to leave so the bird tells what time of day it is.
When Juliet and Romeo finally say good-bye, what other scene does this parallel? the balcony scene
In lines 88-107, Juliet and her mother converse. What is interesting about their conversation? Juliet’s mother is insensitive, and Juliet lies to her mother about her love for Romeo to cover up there marriage
Why is Capulet so upset by his daughter’s refusal to marry? What reprisal (punishment) does he threaten? He is upset because he did not expect her to be disobedient thinks she is ungrateful; threatens he will disown her.

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