Romeo and Juliet Study Guide Questions Act IV and V

Why does Juliet go to Friar Laurence’s cell? She says she is going to make her confession, but actually she wants to get his advice.
What plans do Friar Laurence and Juliet make? They decide that Juliet should go home and agree to marry Paris, but that on the eve of her wedding she should drink a potion the Friar would make for her, a potion which will make her appear to be dead. After the potion wears off, she should go to Mantua to be with Romeo. The Friar will send word to Romeo of these plans.
What news does Balthasar bring Romeo? How does Romeo react? Balthasar tells Romeo of Juliet’s death. Romeo rushes out to the apothecary to get poison. He goes to where Juliet has been placed so he can be with her when he drinks the poison.
What went wrong with the Friar’s plan? His letters never got to Romeo; Romeo never found out that Juliet wasn’t really dead.
What are the circumstances of Paris’ death? Paris finds Romeo at the Capulet tomb and accuses him of killing Juliet with grief. Paris wants to fight; Romeo does not. Paris presses Romeo into fighting, and Romeo kills him.
After she wakes up from being drugged, why does Juliet kill herself with Romeo’s dagger? She sees Romeo dead (from the poison) beside her, and decides to kill herself, too. Since there is no poison left, she uses his dagger.

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