Romeo and Juliet act I and II

In the prologue, Shakespeare tells his audience what they are to expect in the play. Why do you suppose Shakespeare chooses to use this technique? To give a background, so its easier to follow along the storyline.
Where is the play set? Verona, Italy
Put the following lines into your own words:”From forth the fatal loins of these two foesA pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life;” Two people from the rival families are destined by fate to fall in love and take their lives
What does the term “star-cross’d lovers” suggest? Their lives are “written in the stars” and in the end so is their death. It is their destiny. Nobody can control what is going to happen.
Put these lines into your own words:”Whose misadventur’d piteous overthrowsDoth, with their death, bury their parents’ strife.” The death of the children ends the feud between their families.
Why does the Friar agree to help Romeo and Juliet get married? He thinks that it will help their families to get along better
As Romeo enters, Mercutio and Benvolio are discussing Romeo’s longing for Rosaline and Tybalt’s challenge to Romeo. What change in Romeo’s behavior does Mercutio comment on? What is the essence of the dialogue until Pete and the Nurse enter? They say that it is great to see the old Romeo that was fun and happy, rather than the unhappy Romeo that he had been for some time.
The Nurse and Peter arrive looking for Romeo. How does Romeo respond? He says that he is going to grow old waiting for you to tell us what you need.
After Benvolio and Mercutio leave, the Nurse asks, “…what saucy merchant was this, hat was so full of his ropery?” What is Romeo’s answer? That he is just a man who is full of himself, likes to hear his own voice.
The Nurse, expresses certain doubts about Romeo. What are these doubts, and how does Romeo respond? That his intentions aren’t honorable, he proves that he is sincere
What is the message that Romeo gives to the Nurse for Juliet? To meet him at Friar Lawrence’s cell to have confession and to be married
Romeo tells the Nurse that his “man” will deliver something beyond the abbey-wall. What is Romeo’s “man” bringing? A rope ladder
Juliet waits anxiously for the Nurse to return. How is Juliet able to justify her Nurse’s tardiness? That she is old so it might take her a while, because she is slower
How does the Nurse tease Juliet? She won’t tell her what Romeo said, she keeps stalling.
The Nurse is off to fetch the rope ladder. What is this rope ladder going to be used for? So Romeo can climb up to Juliet’s house, the night of their wedding.
When speaking with Friar Laurence, while waiting for Juliet, Romeo says: “do thou close our hands with holy words,/Then love-devouring death do what he dareā€”It is enough I may but call her mine.” After interpreting Romeo’s words, what do you think this passage suggests? All he wants is to be with her. As long as their married even death won’t be able to keep them apart, nothing else matters
What follows after Romeo, Juliet, and Friar Laurence exit from the stage? They get married
strife, rivalry mutiny
passionate piteous
enemy, nemesis adversary
increading augmenting
becoming beseeming
people who dig or sell coals colliers
thicket covert
drove drave
before ere
a fight, brawl fray
inquired, questioned importuned
open ope
weapons partisans
evil, wickid pernicious
future generations posterity
the act of being encircled siege
cruel, vicious tyrannous
brave valiant
people whose opinions differ from the official faith hereitcs
helped holp
a persistent disease languish
deserve merit
barely, hardly scant
sir sirrah
nipple, breast dug
take flight and puncture like an arrow endart
aspect, characteristic lineament
the margin margent
dangerous, hazardous perilous
a crucifix rood
touchy, oversensitive, irritable tetchy
say trow
a stone cut with small figures cut into it agate-stone
a city ruler alderman
traps ambuscadoes
promptly, soon anon
a secular lifestyle benefice
burden burthen
a sheer, light filmy substance gossamer
wood lath
mud mire
overly lengthy prolixity
direciton steerage
a warrior tartar
harnesses traces
wicked, heinous vile
the face visage
people without cares wanton
fury, nager choler
injury, harm disparagement
detest, disgust gall
nuptial a wedding ceremony
is a requirement; is essential perforce
a rude, impolite by princox
threatening, ominous prodigious
a small sword rapier
hurt, injure scathe
festivites solemnity
a dependent ward
a domain, territory demesnes
the act of calling a superior for help invocation
physically blind purblind
Roman goddess of love and beauty Venus
hatred enmity
a hawk trainer falconer
chains, shackles gyves
worship idolatry
Chief Roman god, Jupiter Jove
clothing; appearance livery
falsehoods perjuries
passionless, indifferent, unsympathetic perverse
celibate, virtuous vestal
conscious of, aware ware
tears brine
speckling, spotting chequering
scolds, reprimantds chid’st
excessively loving doting
tree of the willow family osier
confession shrift
swiftly; rapidly apace
a prostitue bawd
split cleft
a carriage; transportation convoy
a prostitute dawdy
a measurement of 45 inches ell
cavaliers, suitors fantasticoes
changed to a fish fishified
knees hams
pie made during Lent Lenten
rather, “just as soon” Lieve
hurt mar
gossiping, babbling prating
fish eggs roe
forgive, pardoned shrived
loyalty, devotion troth
disturbed, troubled vexed
a mild curse beshrew
fabricate, act feign
a curse fie
couriers, messengers heralds
leave hie
incapacitated, physically handicapped lame
magnificent extravagant wanton
compliment, glorify blazon
a stone with which to make fire flint
playful, spirited, exuberant wanton
It features _____ facing a conflict characters
the struggle in a story conflict
the point of greatest tension climax
speeches of the characters, tells the story, and not, as in fiction, the voice of a narrator dialogue
____ and _____ are the basic units of drama acts and scenes
The author of a play, called the _____, provides the ___, or text, of a play playwright, script
tell how the work is to be performed, or staged. Providing details about sets, lighting, sound effects, props, costumes, and acting stage directions
OF, DS, US off stage, downstage- close to the audience, upstage- far from audience
the constructions indicating where the drama takes place sets
movable objects, like swords or pens, that actors use onstage props
insight into life theme
main character tragic hero
long, uninterrupted speech delivered by a character to other characters who are onstage but remain silent monologue
a speech in which a character alone on stage reveals private thoughts and feelings that the audience is allowed to overhear soliloquy
a brief remark in which a character expresses private thoughts to the audience rather than to other characters aside

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