Where is the play set? Verona
Which poetic form does the prologue take? Sonnet
Which characters appear in the prologue? The Chorus
Which important plot point is mentioned in the prologue? The deaths of Romeo and Juliet
Which phrase from the prologue emphasizes the theme of fate’s power? “star-crossed lovers”
Who stops the street battle in Act 1, Scene 1? Prince Escalus
Which gesture starts the fight between the Montagues and the Capulets at the beginning of the play? thumb-biting
Why is Romeo so melancholy when the play begins? he loves rosaline but she doesn’t love him
Why does Benvolio draw his sword in the street in Act1 scene1? To stop the fight before it begins
Which character claims to hate peace? Tybalt
Why does Capulet want Paris to wait before marrying Juliet? Juliet is too young to get married
Why does Peter ask Romeo and Benvolio to read the invitation list for the Capulet party? He cannot read it himself
What mistake does Peter make regarding Romeo and Benvolio? He doesn’t realize that they are Montagues
Why does Benvolio want Romeo to go to the Capulet feast? To compare Rosaline to other beautiful women
Why does Romeo agree to go to the Capulet feast? He hopes to see Rosaline
How old was Lady Capulet when she gave birth to Juliet? almost the same age as Juliet is in the play
Which character shows the most authority over the Nurse? Juliet
Whom does Juliet initially want to marry at first? no one
What does Juliet agree to do with regard to Paris in Act 1 Scene 3? see if she can love him
Which characteristic of the Nurse is most evident in her first scene? Her humorously vulgar view of sex
How do the Montagues plan on getting into the Capulets’ feast? By wearing masks
Why is Romeo anxious about attending the feast? He dreamt that it was a bad idea
How does Mercutio react to Romeo’s statements before the feast? He turns them into statements about sex
Who is the subject of Mercutio’s long speech? Queen Maab
Which event does Romeo foreshadow as they make their way to the feast? His own death
Who first discovers that there is a Montague at the Capulets’ feast? Tybalt
Whom does Romeo forget about the moment he sees Juliet? Rosaline
How do Romeo and Juliet metaphorically describe themselves in their first conversation? As a pilgrim and a saint
How many times do Romeo and Juliet kiss at the first meeting? Two
How do Romeo and Juliet act when each discovers whom the other is? They are both devastated
Why doesn’t Romeo leave the feast with Mercutio and Benvolio? He wants to see Juliet again
Where are Romeo and Juliet when they meet for the second time? She is at her window, and he is in the garden below
What does Juliet say she would do if she knew Romeo loved her? Give up her Capulet name
Why isn’t Romeo afraid to be discovered talking to Juliet? He believes his love will protect him
What is Juliet worried about with regard to Romeo at first? That his love isn’t true
What is Friar Lawrence worried about when he first sees Romeo? That Romeo has slept with Rosaline
How does Friar Lawrence regard Romeo’s love for Juliet? he doubts the sincerity of Romeo’s feelings
Who challenges Romeo to a duel? Tybalt
How does Mercutio describe Tybalt? skilled and vain
How will Juliet sneak away to Friar Lawrence’s cell? By pretending to go to confession
Why doesn’t the Nurse tell Juliet right away what Romeo said? She claims to be tired and out of breath
How does Romeo plan on entering Juliet’s room on their wedding night? by climbing a ladder
Why isn’t Romeo worried about future misfortunes? No misfortune can be as great as his happiness
What advice does Friar Lawrence give Romeo before the wedding? do not love too intensely
Why does Juliet refuse to describe her love to Romeo before their wedding? Her love is too great to be described
Why does Benvolio want to get out of the street? He is worried that a brawl will start
Why doesn’t Romeo want to fight Tybalt? They are now related through marriage
How does Romeo react when Tybalt and Mercutio start fighting? He tries to break them up
What does Romeo do after killing Tybalt? He runs away
What is Romeo’s punishment for killing Tybalt? Banishment
How does the Nurse confuse the story of the fight? she makes it sound like Romeo is dead as well
Why does Juliet chastise the Nurse? For criticizing Romeo
What does Juliet give the Nurse to pass to Romeo? a ring
How does Romeo regard his punishment from Escalus? as a fate worse than death
What does Capulet promise Paris? That Paris will marry Juliet on Thursday
What does Juliet claim is making the birdcalls they hear? a nightingale
How do both Romeo and Juliet appear as they say goodbye to each other? Like they are already dead and in a tomb
How does Juliet react to news of her arranged marriage with Paris? with horror and anger
What does the Nurse advise Juliet to do? forget Romeo and marry Paris
What does Juliet plan to do if Friar Lawrence can’t help her? kill herself
What does Paris think has upset Juliet so much? Tybalt’s death
How does Juliet respond to Paris? with indifference
What is Friar Lawrence’s plan for Juliet? She will fake her own death and run away with Romeo
How does Juliet surprise her parents? by agreeing to marry Paris
How does Capulet react to Juliet’s decision? he changes the day of the wedding
What does Juliet fear may happen when she drinks the potion? she will die or wake up alone in the tomb
Why does Juliet think Friar Lawrence might betray her? to hide his role in her marriage
Whose ghost does Juliet see before drinking the potion? Tybalt’s
Who discovered Juliet’s seemingly dead body? The Nurse
Why do the musicians decide to stay at the Capulets’ house? to get a free lunch
Why is Romeo happy when we first see him in Mantua? He had a dream about Juliet
What news does Balthasar bring to Romeo? Juliet is dead
What does Romeo plan to do after hearing Balthasar’s news? kill himself in Juliet’s Tomb
Why didn’t Friar John deliver the letter? He was stuck in a quarantine house
What does Friar Lawrence plan to do with Juliet? Take her back to his cell
Why does Paris fight Romeo? He blames Romeo for Juliet’s death
What is the last thing Romeo does before he dies? He kisses Juliet
Why does Friar Lawrence leave Juliet alone in the tomb? He is afraid of being discovered there
How does Juliet first try to kill herself? by kissing Romeo’s poisoned lips
How do Capulet and Montague react to the deaths of their children? They agree to end their feud