Romeo and Juliet (Act 1, Scenes 2-5)

How old is Juliet? Juliet is thirteen years old. “She hath not seen the change of fourteen years.” (Act , Sc.2, Line 9)
Who is Paris? What does he want? Paris is a young who is friends Lord Capulet. Capulet feels that Paris is the match for Juliet and he wants Paris to “woo” Juliet and capture her love. “But now, my lord, what say you to my suit.” (Act 1, Scene 2, Line 6)
What is Lord Capulet going to have at his house? Lord Capulet is having a party at his home, but he does not want any Montague’s at the party, since they are the enemy. He sends his servant to go inform people of the party, but the servant cannot read. “Go, Sirrah, trudge about Through Fair Verona… welcome on their pleasure to stay.” (Act 1, Sc.2, Lines 34-37)
What mistake does the Capulet servant make? Why does he make this mistake? The servant cannot read so he asks Benvolio and Romeo for help with reading the slip of paper. He makes the mistake of informing them about the party, and tells them that as long as they are not Montague’s, they can come to the party. ” Now I’ll tell you without asking… Rest you merry” (Act 1, Sc. 2, Lines 81-84).
Who is Susan? Susan is the nurses daughter, who was the same age as Juliet, but she died. “Come Lammas eve at night shall she be fourteen. Susan and she (God rest all Christian souls!)” (Act 1, Sc. 3, Lines 17-18)
When is Juliet’s birthday? How old is she? Juliet’s birthday is August first. She is going to be fourteen years of age. “She’s not fourteen. How long is it now to Lammaside?” (Act 1, Sc.3, Lines 15-16)
Why does Lady Capulet visit with Juliet? What questions does she ask her? Lady Capulet comes to visit Juliet because she wants to know how she feels about Paris. She wants Juliet to end up falling in love, and marrying him. This is because he has money, power, and is also great looking. “Speak briefly, can you like of Paris` love?” (Act 1, Sc.3, Line 96)
How do the Nurse and Lady Capulet feel about Paris? The Nurse and Lady Capulet feel that Paris is smart, charming, and has good looks. They think that he would be perfect for marrying Juliet, since he has such beauty and smarts. “A man, young lady! Lady, such a man As all the world-Why, he’s a man of wax.” (Act 1, Sc.3, Lines 75-76)
What premonition does Romeo have? When Romeo realizes that Juliet, who had just kissed, is a Capulet, he is extremely shocked. He is fearful about what he has just done and wants to leave now. “Is she a Capulet? O dear account! My life is my foe’s debt.” (Act 1, Sc. 5, Lines 119-120)
What is Tybalt’s reaction when he recognizes Romeo’s voice at the ball? When Tybalt recognizes Romeo’s voice at the ball, he is very angered. He asks for his weapon so that he can “strike him dead” since he is of the Montague family. ” This, by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy. What! Dare the slave Come hither, covered with an antic face.” (Act 1, Sc. 5, Lines 56-58)
Why is Romeo allowed to stay? In what mood is Tybalt when he leaves? Romeo is allowed to stay because Lord Capulet feels that he will do no harm being at the party. He is known for being a good man in Verona and that he will not bother anyone. When Lord Capulet says this, Tybalt is angered, since he is a Montague. “Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone. A bears him portly gentleman, And, to say Verona brags of him.” (Act 1, Sc. 5, Lines 68-70)
Who first tells Romeo and Juliet who the other is? The nurse tells Romeo that they are Capulet’s but the nurse also tells Juliet who Romeo is, since she asks who he was and where he was from. She was surprised to hear that he was a Montague but says that she is in love with him. “Go ask his name.- If he be married, My grave is like to be my wedding bed.” (Act 1, Sc. 5, Lines 136-137)
How does Juliet react to the revelation of Romeo’s name? Juliet reacts to this by feeling surprised. Her family hates the Montague’s, yet she now has a strong love for someone of the other family. The nurse informs Juliet of who Romeo is and now she is in awe with his love. ” My only love, sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late!” (Act 1, Sc. 5, Lines 140-141)