Romeo and Juliet Questions

Where is this play set? In fair Verona
What problem exists in this city? The war between the Montagues and the Capulets
What does the term “star- crossed lovers” mean? a relationship that’s doomed to fail.
What are Sampson and Gregory’s motivations for fighting with Montague’s men? They are two parties of the two households that hold ancient grudge on each other.
Benvolio and Tybalt come upon the servants fighting. Contrast their reactions to the fight. Benvolio wants the fight to end because the two families do not need anymore grudges. And Tybalt thinks that Benvolio is a hypocrite because he says to put the swords away when his is drawn as well.
What ended the skirmish? Why is the prince so angry? What does he threaten to do to Capulet and Montague? The Prince comes and warns the two members that if they are caught fighting again then they will be forced to suffer consequences. The Prince is angry because it keeps happening over and over again. He threatens to kill them.
What worries Lord and Lady Montague about Romeo?
Who is Benvolio in relation to Romeo? Benvolio is Romeo’s cousin.
Why is Romeo so sad? He is sad because Rosaline broke up with him and he can’t get her out of his mind.
What advice does Benvolio give Romeo? Benvolio tells Romeo to find a new lover.
In Act 1 Sc. 2, Paris asks Capulet for Juliet’s hand in marriage. What is Capulet’s reply? let two more years pass
Why is Capulet giving a feast? it’s an annual party to see the girls from Verona.
How does Romeo find out about the feast and why does he intend to go? Benvolio told him to go because he will find a new love.
Describe Juliet’s relationship with her family in Act 1, Scene 3. dysfunctional because Lady Capulet and the nurse are trying to find Juliet
What does Juliet’s mother tell her? that there are two types of marry
What is her response? “it’s something that I don’t dream of”
At the end of Act 1 Sc. 4, what does Romeo tell Benvolio, foreshadowing future action in the play? Romeo is still scared that something terrible will happen at the party
How do the Montagues expect to enter the Capulets’ house? They will be disguised in costumes.
Why does Romeo say he won’t be able to dance? Because he says that he doesn’t have a dancing partner.
What is Romeo’s reaction to his first sight of Juliet? (quote!) “If I profane with my unworthiest hand, This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this: My, lips, two brushing pilgrims, ready stand, To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss”
What does Romeo mean when he says, “Oh, dear account! My life is my foe’s debt?” My life belongs to my enemy
What is Tybalt’s reaction when he hears Romeo’s voice? Tybalt goes to get his sword because he thinks Romeo is here to make fun of the party
What does Lord Capulet say to Tybalt? He tells him to stop and not challenge his authority.
Tybalt obeys him, but what does he say? He says he will restrain himself yet he is shaking in anger.
How does Juliet react to the news of Romeo’s identity? She is in awe that she fell in love with a Montague.
Where does Mercutio think Romeo is? He thinks he is at home in bed.
What does this say about their friendship? It shows that Mercutio is not a true friend of Romeo
In Act 2 Scene 2, Romeo and Juliet profess their love for one another. Discuss this scene in detail giving specific examples of the things they say and the decisions they make. Romeo and Juliet profess there love for each other on the balcony. Romeo compares Juliet to an Angel and Juliet tells him to get rid of his name because they cant be together.
Name a metaphor that Romeo uses for Juliet. Winged Messenger of Heaven
As Juliet points out, Romeo is risking his death being there. What is his response? Smile on Me and I will be defended against my enemies hatred.
When Romeo swears by the moon, what does Juliet tell him? don’t swear by the moon because it is inconstant
After an exchange of vows, the Nurse calls and Juliet must leave. What are Romeo’s feelings as he stands there? happy, he is in awe that he is in the presence of his lover who is a Capulet.
What are the lovers plans as they end the scene? to get married
What is Friar Lawrence’s reaction when Romeo says it is not Rosaline he is marrying? curious about who it is and wondering if she is a Capulet.
Why does Friar Lawrence agree to marry Romeo and Juliet? because he thinks it will bring the two families together, but doesn’t know that it will really tear them apart.
What change in Romeo does Mercutio comment upon? He sees that Romeo is in love, and that it’s REAL love.
What worries does the Nurse have about Romeo? That he is to young to wed Juliet and that he’s a Montague.
What message does Romeo tell the Nurse to give Juliet? to go to mass at friar Laurence’s cell.
As Juliet waits for the Nurse to return, what is her mood? anxious
How does the Nurse tease Juliet? by not telling her the news and of stretching her response out to her questions.
What does the Nurse tell Juliet to tell her parents? The nurse tells her to say that she is going to make confession, when she will really be getting married.
What does this say about her relationship with Juliet? That she is more of a mother to her than her biological mother.
What warning does Friar Lawrence give Romeo that foreshadows future events of the play? Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.
How does Benvolio show himself to be a reasonable man? Benvolio is a reasonable man by saying they should leave to avoid a confrontation.
45. How does Mercutio show himself to be the more irrational of the two? Mercutio wants to stay and fight.
46. What is Romeo’s response to Tybalt’s challenge? Romeo denies Tybalt’s duel request.
47. In what way is Romeo responsible for Mercutio being stabbed? Romeo dodged the dagger the stabbed Mercutio.
48. What is foreshadowing about the last line that Mercutio says? Mercutio leaves a plague on both the houses. The main characters from these houses die at the end of the play.
49. What is Romeo’s reaction to Mercutio’s death? Romeo is angry and devastated.
50. What does Lady Capulet request of the Prince? Lady Capulet wants a Montague to die as did Tybalt.
51. What is the Prince’s decision? The prince decides to banish Romeo.
What position is Juliet in after Tybalt’s death? She is unsure about her love for Romeo.
What does she decide to do after the nurse gives her the news? Juliet gives her the wedding ring and tells him to come to her.
How does Romeo react to the news that he has been banished? He said he’d rather be dead.
What does the Friar accuse him of? The Friar accuses him of insanity.
For what things does the Friar say Romeo should be happy? The Friar says he should be happy about him and Juliet being alive.
What does the Friar tell him to do? The friar tells him to say good bye to Juliet, but leave before daylight.
What do the Capulet’s think is the cause of Juliet’s grief? The Capulets think Juliet is grieving over Tybalt’s death. Not Romeo’s banishment.
What is Capulet’s decision? Why do you think he makes it? Capulet decides Juliet should marry Paris in three days. He thinks it will make Juliet happy.
What is going on in the interchange between Romeo and Juliet at the opening of this scene? They argue whether the bird is a nightingale or a lark, and arguing whether its day or night.
Lady Capulet tells Juliet about the plans for her marriage to Paris, what is Juliet’s reaction? Juliet is devastated and upset about her forced marriage.
Why does Lord Capulet get so angry when he hears that Juliet won’t marry Paris? Capulet gets angry because he thinks she is ungrateful and disobedient.
What do you learn about Juliet’s relationship with her parents during this scene? Juliet loves her parents but doesn’t agree on her marriage.
What does Juliet tell the Friar? She won’t marry Paris, she will kill herself if she has to.
What plans do Friar Lawrence and Juliet make? Juliet will take a sleeping potion that makes her appear as if she is dead.
Why is Lord Capulet happy? Capulet is happy because Juliet agrees to marry Paris.

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