Romeo and Juliet Exam Act 1-5 Questions

What insult by whom (servant from which family) starts the fight between the servants? (Act 1) Sampson, a Capulet, bites his thumb at a Montague.
Who attempts to stop the fight amongst the servants? Why isn’t he successful? (Act 1) Benvolio attempts to stop the fight, but fails when Tybalt appears and continues fighting.
Who finally does stop the fight, and why is this person so angry? (Act 1) The prince of Verona; he is angry because this is the third time the Montagues and Capulets have disturbed the streets, causing several civil brawls.
What consequences will the families face if they fight again? (Act 1) The death penalty.
Where has Romeo been during the fight, and what is wrong with him? (Act 1) He has been hiding from others in his depressed state because the woman he loves does not love him back.
What did we learn about Romeo in respect to Love at the beginning of the book as he spoke with Benvolio? Who is he in love with? How well does he know her? What effect does this have on him? (Act 1) We learn Romeo is very in love with a woman named Rosaline, who doesn’t love him back. He does not know her well, but he’s obsessed with her beauty. He is very depressed/sad that she doesn’t love him back.
What is an oxymoron? Provide examples from the end of Act 1 scene 1. Why would an author use oxymorons? What purpose do they serve? (Act 1) An oxymoron is a combination of words that have opposite/very different meanings. Some examples from Act 1, Scene 1 are “O heavy lightness” -Romeo and “O brawling love, O loving hate” -Romeo.
What do we learn about Juliet in respect to Love in Act 1 scene 3? How do her mother and Nurse provide contrast? What do they each believe about Love? (Act 1) Juliet: she is still very young and has not given much thought to love or marriage.Her mother (Lady Capulet): wants Juliet to marry Paris (a rich and noble man). When she was Juliet’s age she already had a child and she seems to want the same for Juliet. She does not appear to believe in the idea of “true love”. Nurse: she is the one who raised Juliet and she is the true mother figure for her. She deeply cares about Juliet and she wants her to fall in love. She seems to be a bit of a romantic.
What is Mercutio’s view of love? How does this compare with Romeo’s view of Love? (Act 1) Mercutio has a more physical view on love. He seems to be more interested in the physical parts of the relationship and doesn’t seem to believe in “true love” on an emotional level. In contrast, Romeo is defiantly a romantic and wishes to find “true love” that is not just based on the physical aspects of a relationship.
At the end of scene 4 what is foreshadowed by Romeo? What does he say? (Act 1) He says that he fears his life will end too early and he will die too soon. This is foreshadowing the death that occurs later in the story.
How does Shakespeare describe love using the contrast of Light and Dark? How can love/being in love, be both light and dark at the same time? Romeo says Juliet is the light in darkness. He compares the darkness of previous love, that has caused him sadness to the light happiness he feels from Juliet.
How is religious imagery used in scene 5? What does the use of religious imagery imply about the love between Romeo and Juliet? Examples. (Act 1) They often mention “stars” and how they relate to faith and astrology. It seems they believe that fate is written in the stars.
In scene 5 what does Juliet say that foreshadows for her tragic end? (Act 1) She says that if Romeo is married then her grave is like to be her wedding bed because she instantly falls in love with him.
As Juliet inquires about Romeo with her Nurse, how does the duality of Love and Hate manifest? What does Juliet say about love and hate? (Act 1) The nurse tells Juliet that Romeo comes from the Montague family (Juliet’s family: the Capulets rivals). Juliet is upset because she loves Romeo even though she is supposed to hate him (duality of love and hate). Juliet says that her only love has come from her only hate.
Who is Friar Laurence & what role does he play in the play? (Act 2) Friar Lawrence is a priest who marries Romeo and Juliet and supports their relationship.
In Act 2 Scene 3 Friar Laurence discusses the plants (herbs) he carrying and tending too. What is the dual nature of Friar Lawrence’s plants? (Act 2) The plants are poisonous and deadly if eaten raw, but if they are handled properly and boiled they can be eaten.
What wisdom does the audience gain from the Friar’s description? (Act 2) This is an example of duality. It shows how something can be bad and deadly, but also good and wonderful if it’s handled correctly.
In what way might this foreshadow Romeo and Juliet’s fate? (Act 2) Like the plants, Romeo and Juliet’s love has the potential to be both bad and wonderful. If they don’t handle it correctly it could be deadly.
What is a Malapropism? Malapropism is the mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one.
What warning does Friar Laurence give Romeo and Juliet about their love at the end of Act 2? (Act 2) Friar Lawrence warns them not to be to quick to love and not be too rushed and intense with their love, because it could end up destroying them.
At the beginning of the scene, why does Benvolio think that there will be a fight? (Act 3, Scene 1) It’s hot outside, and the Capulet’s are out and about.
What does Mercutio accuse Benvolio of in lines 15-30? (Act 3, Scene 1) He has just a quick a temper as anyone else.
What does Tybalt call Romeo? (Act 3, Scene 1) A villain.
Why won’t Romeo fight Tybalt? (Act 3, Scene 1) He is married to Juliet, which means he is now related to Tybalt. He cannot fight a ‘family member’.
What does Mercutio think is the reason Romeo refuses to fight? (Act 3, Scene 1) He is a coward.
Why does Mercutio keep repeating, “A plague o’ both your houses”? (Act 3, Scene 1) Mercutio is killed when fighting Tybalt in Romeo’s place. If the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets didn’t exist, he would never have died.
What does Romeo say that Juliet’s love has done to him? (Act 3, Scene 1) Made him “feminite” (less manly) because he is refusing to fight.
Why does Romeo call himself “fortune’s fool”? (Act 3, Scene 1) Because he had a pre-recognition or “fortune” foreshadowing death. However he was “fool” and he ignored it.
When Benvolio relates to the Prince what happened, what does he say Romeo tried to before Mercutio was killed? (Act 3, Scene 1) He says Romeo tried to ward Tybalt off.
What does Lady Capulet accuse Benvolio of? Why? (Act 3, Scene 1) Lying, because he is a Montague.
What is Romeo’s punishment for killing Tybalt? (Act 3, Scene 1) Banishment.
Why is Juliet so impatient for the nurse to return? (Act 3, Scene 2) She wants to know the latest news on Romeo.
Describe Juliet’s rapidly changing attitudes toward Romeo in this scene. (Act 3, Scene 2) 1. She is very sad because she suspects he is dead when she hears about the fight.2. When she learns that Romeo killed her cousin Tybalt, she is upset and angry with him.3. She then sides with Romeo because he is her husband and she feels she should support him.4. She is very sad and becomes suicidal when she hears about Romeo’s banishment.
What piece of news has upset Juliet the most? (Act 3, Scene 2) Romeo’s banishment.
What does the nurse promise to do? (Act 3, Scene 2) She promises to go get Romeo in order to comfort the depressed and suicidal Juliet.
Explain Romeo’s reaction to the news of his banishment. (Act 3, Scene 3) He is very upset and feels suicidal. He thinks that a life without Juliet is a life not worth living. Also, he is angry and ungrateful that everyone else (besides him) will get to see Juliet.
Romeo tells Friar Laurence that the priest cannot know or understand how Romeo feels. Why? (Act 3, Scene 3) Friar has never felt real love before and he has never loved someone else.
What argument does Friar Laurence use to prevent Romeo from killing himself? (Act 3, Scene 3) Juliet’s alive, Tybalt’s dead, and he got a light punishment.
What does the nurse give to Romeo? (Act 3, Scene 3) A ring from Juliet.
What does Capulet tell his wife to say to Juliet? (Act 3, Scene 4) Juliet will be getting married to Paris on Thursday.
As Romeo is preparing to leave Juliet, what argument does she use to convince him to stay? (Act 3, Scene 5) It is still night, because she hears the nightingale.
Later, why does Juliet think Romeo should leave? (Act 3, Scene 5) She doesn’t want him to die because of her.
Just as Romeo is about to descend the rope ladder and leave Juliet, what does Juliet say about the way Romeo looks? (Act 3, Scene 5) He looked pale, like he was in a tomb.
Why does Lady Capulet think Juliet is crying? (Act 3, Scene 5) Because Tybalt is dead.
When Lady Capulet threatens to send someone to Mantua to poison Romeo, what does Juliet say? (Act 3, Scene 5) She says she wants to do it herself.
After Lady Capulet breaks the news about Paris, what is Juliet’s response? (Act 3, Scene 5) She doesn’t want to marry Paris on Thursday because she is not interested in him. Plus, she is already married to Romeo.
If Juliet’s mother does not arrange to delay the marriage, what will Juliet do? (Act 3, Scene 5) Kill herself.
What is Capulet’s reaction to Juliet’s threats? (Act 3, Scene 5) He threatens to kick Juliet out and hit her.
What is the nurse’s advice to Juliet? (Act 3, Scene 5) Forget about Romeo and marry Paris.
How does Juliet’s attitude toward the nurse change?(Act 3, Scene 5) She says that she will never trust her again.
What “scheme” does Juliet devise to get rid of the nurse and to get out of the house? (Act 3, Scene 5) She must go to the shrift.
Why is Friar Laurence reluctant to marry Paris to Juliet? (Act 4, Scene 1) She is married to Romeo already
How does Paris explain the sudden haste of the marriage plans? (Act 4, Scene 1) Paris explains that it is a good thing to rush the marriage because a long “mourning period” and extended sadness is dangerous. Paris explains that Capulet is smart to rush the marriage to stop Juliet’s crying.
What is ironic about the conversation between Juliet and Paris? (Act 4, Scene 1) She never says that she loves him and is excited for their marriage. However, because of the wording she uses, Paris thinks she is in love with him.
If Friar Laurence cannot help her, what does Juliet threaten to do? (Act 4, Scene 1) Commit suicide.
Why does Friar Laurence think that Juliet will accept his plan (Act 4, Scene 1) She believes anything at this point because she is in a desperate point of mind.
Describe the friar’s plan for Juliet. (Act 4, Scene 1) 1. She will drink a sleeping potion that will make her appear dead. 2. Her family will put her body in the Capulet family tomb. 3. By the time she wakes up, Romeo will break into the tomb and rescue her.4. Romeo and Juliet will run away to a town far outside Verona and live together.
What does Juliet say that makes her father happy? (Act 4, Scene 2) She apologizes for her previous refusal to marry Paris. She tells her father that she will listen to him, marry Paris, and be happy.
How does Capulet change the wedding plans? What implication does this have? (Act 4, Scene 2) He changes the date of the wedding to the next day, because Juliet seems very eager for it, and he wants to cheer her up (thinks she is still sad because Tybalt’s death). The Friar’s plans will not work out in time.
How does Juliet show her maturity and independence in this scene? (Act 4, Scene 3) She takes the sleeping potion even though the plan is already falling apart. She puts her love with Romeo before her fears.
If the potion does not work, what will Juliet do? (Act 4, Scene 3) She will be forced to marry Paris or be buried alive. She threatens to kill herself with a dagger.
What are some of the fears Juliet has about the potion?(Act 4, Scene 3) What is the Friar if trying to kill me? What if I wake up before Romeo comes and suffocate? What if I see all of my ancestors’ bones and go crazy? What if I play with my relatives bones? What if I use a relatives bone as a club to bash out my brains?
What is happening in this brief scene? (Act 4, Scene 4) Everyone is making wedding preparations and, the Nurse is going to wake up Juliet for the wedding.
Describe the imagery Shakespeare uses in describing Juliet’s “death”? (Act 4, Scene 5) Cold, blood has set, limbs are stiff, life passing from her lips – visual pictures using word (imagery) frost on the flowers — winter = death. Death is being personified.
What does Friar Laurence say to comfort the Capulet family? (Act 4, Scene 5) Heaven has her soul. She is in a better place.
What news does Balthasar bring Romeo? (Act 5, Scene 1) Juliet is dead.
What does Romeo mean when he says, “Then I defy you, stars!”? (Act 5, Scene 1) To defy means to challenge, disobey, rebel, or dare. Out of grief, Romeo is rebelling against Heaven/Fate. He is angry that Juliet has been taken away and that they will not be together.
What actions does Balthasar’s news prompt Romeo to do? (Act 5, Scene 1) He decides to kill himself. He goes to see the apothecary for poison.
What does Friar John tell Friar Laurence? (Act 5, Scene 2) He was unable to deliver the letter to Romeo because he was quarantined in a house due to plague.
After hearing this news from Friar John, what does Friar Laurence intend to do? (Act 5, Scene 2) He plans to take a crowbar, break Juliet out of the tomb, bring her back to his cell, and write another letter to Romeo and let him know to come get her there.
Why is Paris at Juliet’s tomb? (Act 5, Scene 3) To lay flowers around her and grieve.
Romeo gives Balthasar two reasons for entering the Capulet’s tomb. What are those two reasons? (Act 5, Scene 3) 1. to see my loved one’s face2. to remove a precious ring from her finger (wedding band)
Why does Paris think that Romeo has come to the tomb? (Act 5, Scene 3) Paris thinks Romeo is there as a troublemaking Montague to disturb the bodies. They fight, and Paris is killed by Romeo.
What is it about Juliet that should have told Romeo that she was not dead? (Act 5, Scene 3) Juliet’s color doesn’t look like that of a corpse & Romeo notices this.
How does Romeo die? (Act 5, Scene 3) He drinks the poison he brought and lays next to Juliet.
Why doesn’t Friar Laurence stay in the tomb with Juliet after she awakens? (Act 5, Scene 3) He is frightened by the police coming.
Why does Juliet kiss Romeo after he is dead? (Act 5, Scene 3) To try and get some poison from his lips.
How does Juliet die? (Act 5, Scene 3) She stabs herself with a dagger because Romeo is dead and people are coming.
When Montague first arrives on the scene, what does he tell those gathered? Lady Montague, Romeo’s mother, died the night before from heartbreak over Romeo’s exile.
What information does Romeo’s letter give? Confirms Friar Lawrence’s story (saves him); tells of R & J’s love.
How do Montague and Capulet plan to honor the memories of their children? Build gold statues in honor of their memories; tell their story of love.

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