Romeo and Juliet, Act One

How does the play begin? A prologue.
What house is Sampson? Capulet
What house is Gregory? Capulet
Where is the play set? Verona, Italy.
What do Sampson and Gregory banter about? Their hatred for the Montagues, hurting the Montague men and having sex with the maids
What two people enter the first scene after Sampson and Gregory? Abram and Balthasar.
What house are Abram and Balthasar servants of? Montague.
What does carrying coals mean? Put up with insults
What is a collier? A coal dealer
What does “goes to the wall mean”? Is defeated
What does biting your thumb mean? Insulting gesture
Why doesn’t Sampson tell Abram he was giving the thumb to him? Its illegal
Who enters third in Act One, Scene one, and what house is he in? Benvolio, Montague.
How does Benvolio react to the men fighting? He wants peace.
How does Tybalt react to Benvolios statement on peace? What 4 things does he hate? He says he wants to fight and he hates 1.Hell 2. Peace 3.Montague 4. Thee (Benvolio)
How does the fight in Scene one escalate? The townspeople and an officer join in.
Why is Lady Capulet talking about a crutch? Shes insulting her husbands old age.
Who stops Lord Montague and Lord Capulet from joining the brawl? Their wives.
Who is Prince Escalus? The ruler of Verona, and a kinsman of Montague.
How does Prince Escalus react to the bloody riot in the street? What punishment does he impose on future riots? He demands it to stop, or they will be tortured. He says that the men are beasts and since they have fought 3 times, the next time they fight they will be killed. He then asks to meet with the two rivaling lords separately to discuss the matter further.
Was Romeo at the brawl in scene one? No.
What happened to Benvolio the morning of the brawl? He was walking outside because he had a headache, and then saw Romeo in the woods. Romeo saw him, but ran away because he wanted to be alone.
How does Lord Montague describe Romeos actions as of late? Romeo cries a lot, locks himself in his room and turns the lights off. He mopes around a lot and is very secretive.
Does Montague know why Romeo is so mopey? No, so Benvolio has to find out.
Why is Romeo so sad in scene one? He has no one to love.
What is Romeo’s opinion on the two families fighting? They love fighting each other and its pointless
Why does Romeo use Oxymorons to describe his love for Juliet? To represent his inner emotional turmoil.
How does Romeo’s unrequited love in Scene 1 affect him? He feels like he lost himself and love is terrible, isolates himself, super dramatic all the time
Why can’t Romeo be with Rosalind? She took a vow of chastity, and is a nun.
How does Benvolio suggest Romeo get his mind off of Rosalind? By looking at other beautiful women
What does Paris ask Lord Capulet for and how does Lord Capulet react? Juliets hand in marriage, and Capulet says she is too young.
Who does Lord Capulet ask to deliver the invitations? His illiterate servant
Who does the servant ask to read the invitation list? Romeo/Benvolio
Who said it? “Throw your mistempered weapons to the ground.” Escalus
Who said it? “Here’s much to do with hate, but more with love.” Romeo
Who said it? “Earth hath swallowed all my hopes but she; she is the hopeful lady of my earth.” Capulet
Why is Romeo mad in scene 2? He feels trapped and tormented by his own emotion
What does the servant say to Romeo after Romeo reads the list? Romeo should come, but only if he is not a Capulet.
Why does benvolio believe it is a good idea to go to the Capulet’s ball? So Romeo can compare Rosalines beauty to other girls in the land and realize there are other beautiful maidens in Verona
Who said it? “One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun Ne’er saw her match since first the world begun.” Romeo.
When will Juliet turn 14? Lammastide day (august 1st)
Why did the nurse become Juliets nurse? Her baby, Susan, died.
What does the nurse tell a long winded comedic story about? Juliets childhood
How did the nurse ween Juliet off of breastmilk? Putting a bitter herb on her nipple.
How long has it been since Juliet stopped nursing, and how does the nurse know? 11 years, and she started weaning her the day of a huge earthquake.
What joke does the nurses husband make out of baby Juliet? he says when shes older, she’ll learn to fall on her back. the baby replies “ay”
Who said it? “Thou wast the prettiest babe that e’er I nursed.” The nurse
What did Lady Capulet come to Juliet to talk about? Marriage
What do Lady Capulet and the Nurse think of Paris? They think he’s beautiful and Juliet shoud consider marrying him
Who said it? “The valiant Paris seeks you for his love.” Lady Capulet
What does Lady Capulet compare Paris to? A well made book.
What causes the nurse, the mothers, and juliets chat to end? The party is starting.
How to Romeo and Benvolio enter the ball? They enter quietly, because big enterances are out of fashion.
Does Romeo want to dance? No, he claims to be a bad dancer.
Who comes out of the crowd to talk to Romeo? Mertucio
Who are the Montagues? BenvolioAbramRomeoBalthasarLord MontagueLady Montague
Who are the Capulets? JulietOld manLord & Lady CapuletTybaltNurseSampsonGregoryPeter
Who said it? “O, then I see Queen Mab hath been with you.” Mercutio
Who is Queen Mab? A fairy that Mercutio has dreamt about.
What happens to Mercutios speech as he goes on? It becomes darker and more cynical.
When does Romeo first see Juliet? When she is dancing with another guy at the Capulets ball.
How does Tybalt recognize Romeo at the ball? His voice.
Why does Capulet tell Tybalt to refrain from killing Romeo? Romeo is the pride of Verona,he is nice, they don’t want to cause any more fights.
Who said it? “What Lady’s that which doth enrich the hand of yonder knight?” Romeo
How does Capulet react to Tybalts anger at the ball? He tells him to calm down.
What do Romeo and Juliet compare themselves to at the ball? Juliet is a saint and Romeo is a pilgrim who wishes to erase his sins.
Who tells Romeo Juliet is a Capulet? The nurse.
Who said it? “For saints have hands that pilgrim’s hands do touch, and palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.” Juliet
Who said it? “My only love, sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known too late! Prodigious birth of love it is to me, that I must love a loathed enemy.” juliet.
Who said it? “Thus from my lips by thine my sin is purged.” Romeo