Romeo and Juliet Act 2 Test – Study sheet

In what format is the Prologue to Act 2 written? sonnet
What literary term is demonstrated by the following line? “Now old doth in his death-bed lie.” personification
When Mercutio cannot find Romeo at the beginning of the act, what does Mercutio assume? He assumes that Romeo still pines away for Rosaline.
What is the purpose of Mercutio’s bawdy humor? His dirty jokes contrast with the religious images Romeo uses to describe love.
In act 2, who is Romeo’s dramatic foil? Mercutio
What does Juliet mean when she says “Wherefore art thou Romeo?” She is wondering why the man she loves has to be Romeo, a member of the Montague family.
Why does Juliet bid Romeo to “swear not by the moon”? The moon changes often, and she fears that swearing by it might make his love just as variable.
When Juliet says, “I have no joy of this contract tonight,” what does the word “contract” mean? the exchange of vows
What does Friar Lawrence assume when he discovers that Romeo has been up all night? He assumes that Romeo’s love for Rosaline has left him sleepless.
Why does Friar Lawrence agree to help Romeo wed Juliet? He hopes their love will resolve the conflict between the Capulets and the Montagues.
Whom does Mercutio call the “Prince of Cats”? Tybalt
How does Mercutio feel when Romeo begins jesting with him? He is hurt
What does Romeo ask of the Nurse? He asks her to tell Juliet to go shrift to Friar Lawrence’s cell so they can marry
After she returns from the visit with Romeo how does the Nurse increase Juliet’s suspense? She complains about her aching bones and lack of breath.
What word best describes Juliet’s feelings as she waits to hear the message Romeo sent? impatient
What is Friar Lawrence’s fear as Act 2 ends? He fears that Romeo will forget his love for Juliet as quickly as he forgot his love for Rosaline.
a phrase combining contradictory ideas oxymoron
a comparison using like or as simile
gives human quality to an inanimate object personification
adj. next to or close to; neighboring adjacent
v. to keep possession of retain
adj. deliberately unreasonable or wrong; stubborn perverse
n. bitter resentment against someone; long-lasting spite rancor