Romeo and Juliet Study Questions – ACT II

According to the Prologue, what has happened to Romeo’s old love? She used to be his world and now she doesn’t even begin to compare with Juliet.
What is Romeo’s new problem? She is a Capulet and he has to figure out how to be with him.
Mercutio is doing something that would make Romeo angry. What is it? He is using inappropriate images of Rosaline to make Romeo angry and come out of hiding.
Who is trying to warn Mercutio of Romeo’s anger? Benvolio
Juliet does not know Romeo is standing beneath her balcony. What does Romeo learn about her feelings for him? She loves him and hates that he’s a Montague. And she thinks he’s perfect.
What does Juliet mean when she says, “What’s in a name?” Be specific. What does a name mean?
As the two lovers talk, Juliet is worried and nervous. Why? What is Romeo’s attitude? She is worried her relatives like Tybalt, will find Romeo and kill him. Romeo doesn’t care because he just wants to be with her.
Why is Juliet afraid of having Romeo swear to the moon? Because the moon is always changing and she’s afraid his love for her will change as well.
Romeo is quick w/ vows and promises. Why has Juliet become fearful and cautious? Because their love is very sudden and she’s afraid of it. She worries that Romeo doesn’t mean what he says.
Juliet says, “Yet I would kill thee with so much cherishing.” What terrible future does this foreshadow? Death.
Why is parting “sweet” to Juliet? Because she knows she will see Romeo again.
What happens when Romeo speaks to the Friar? Be specific. He asks for the Friar to marry him and Juliet.
Why does the Friar decide to help the young couple? To help end the feud btwn the Capulets and Montagues.
In Scene 4, why is Tybalt looking for Romeo? Because he sent him a written challenge to duel but Romeo has not gotten it yet.
What do Mercutio and Benvolio try to do when talking to Romeo? They inappropriately joke with him.
What occurs during the convo btwn Romeo and Nurse? Mercutio and Benvolio tease the Nurse and she is VERY angry.

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