Romeo and Juliet: Prologue and Act I

In what ancient city is Romeo and Juliet set? Verona, Italy
What are the names of the two families in the play? Montagues and Capulets
To which family does Romeo belong? Montagues
To which family does Juliet belong? Capulets
How are the families alike? They are alike in dignity (social standing); both are rich and noble families.
What kind of lovers are Romeo and Juliet? star-crossed
How long does the play last? 2 hours
What does the prologue tell us the lovers finally do? They both commit suicide.
Who is the ruler of Verona? Prince Escalus
To which family do the servants Sampson and Gregory belong? Capulets
To which family do the servants Abraham and Balthasar belong? Montagues
What is the name of Romeo’s cousin and friend, Lord Montague’s nephew? Benvolio
What is the name of Lady Capulet’s nephew? Tybalt
Which nephew tries to keep the peace? Benvolio
Which nephew is most aggressive and eager to prolong the fight? Tybalt
According to Escalus, how many previous street fights have the feuding families had? 3
What did the Prince say would happen if the families street fight again? They will pay for it with their lives.
According to Benvolio, who started the quarrel? Montague’s servants
What does Romeo tell Benvolio that Romeo’s problem is? He loves someone that doesn’t love him back.
What was Benvolio’s solution to the problem? To not think about her and look at other beautiful girls.
Who is Paris? A kinsman of the Prince, and the suitor of Juliet most preferred by Capulet.
What does he want from Capulet? He wants him to allow his daughter, Juliet, to marry him.
How old does Capulet say Juliet is? “not even 14 years old” so 13 years old.
Does Capulet seem to want to honor Paris’ request? He says that if he can make her fall in love with him and want to marry him, he will give him her blessing. So…yes?
What objection did Lord Capulet give to opposing the marriage? He thinks that the daughter is too young and those who marry so young would grow up too soon.
What does Capulet tell Paris he should do to obtain permission to marry Juliet? He should charm her and make her love him.
On what occasion is Paris to meet and woo Juliet? Capulet is having a feast and is going to invite Paris. So, at the party.
What does Capulet give to his servant and what is the servant to do with it? He gives Peter (the servant) a guest list and asks him to find them and tell them they are welcome to come to his house that night.
Why was this a mistake? Peter can’t read.
Whom did the servant get to read the names on the list? Romeo
What is the name of the girl Romeo loves? Rosaline
Why does Benvolio suggest that Romeo go to Lord Capulet’s feast? To look at beautiful women and make compare them to the one Romeo loves.
When and where does Scene III take place? In Lady Capulet’s house
What does Lady Capulet talk to Juliet about? About Juliet’s opinion on marraige
How did Juliet say she felt toward marriage? That it is an honor that I do not dream of.
Whom did Lady Capulet say was an admirer of Juliet? Paris
Does the nurse think the man is a good match for Juliet? Yes. She thinks he is perfect.
What does Juliet agree to do about Paris? She will look at him and try to like him if what she sees is likable. She won’t allow herself to fall for him any more than what Lady Capulet allows.
Who went with Romeo to the feast? Mercutio, Benvolio, and with 5 or 6 other maskers.
How did they disguise themselves? They masked themselves.
Who tries to cheer Romeo? Benvolio and Mercutio
What are Romeo’s fears about the night? He’s scared that they will be found out.
Who is Queen Mab? “Queen is a slang word for *****, and Mab is a stereotypical prostitute’s name.” Mercutio tells Benvolio that Queen Mab is the fairies’ midwife who rides every night through the brains of lovers and makes them dream about love.
Where does Scene V take place? In the great hall of the Capulets
With whom does Romeo fall in love instantly? Juliet
Who recognizes Romeo and wants to fight him? Tybalt
Who stopped him from fighting? Lord Capulet
What was Lord Capulet’s opinion of Romeo? He thinks Romeo is a well behaved and dignified gentleman. He tells Tybalt to ignore him.
Do Romeo and Juliet each know who the other is before they fall in love? No
Who tells Romeo and Juliet who the other is? the Nurse

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