Romeo and Juliet (PART 1) Quiz

In the prologue, what information does the chorus convey that helps readers determine what genre the play will fall under? – There was an ancient grudge where “civil blood” would make “civil hands unclean”.- Two lovers would “doth” their death and go on the fearful passage of death-marked love- DEATH = theme of TRAGEDY
What two families is the feud between? MONTAGUES (Romeo) vs. CAPULETS (Juliet)
What does Sampson (Capulet) want to do to the maids and servants of the Montague house, and what does this desire suggest about the severity of the feud between the two families? Sampson says he will thrust the maids to the wall, chop off their heads, and rape them. This shows that the feud between these two families is very SEVERE and BRUTAL.
Based upon their dialogue and actions, how do the personalities of Benvolio and Tybalt contras with one another? BENVOLIO = Montague – Very peaceful, tries to break up the fight between the two rivals… “I do but keep the peace. Put up thy sword/or manage it to PART these men with me” (I.i.69-70). TYBALT = Capulet- Very violent, pursues the fighting… “What, drawn and talk of peace? I hate that word as I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee” (I.i.71-72).
What pronouncement does Prince Escalus make while breaking up the fight between the two servants? Prince Escalus breaks up the fight between the servants of the Montagues and Capulets BY saying that if the two don’t stop fighting then they will be killed.” If you ever disturb our streets again/ your lives shall pay the forfeit of the peace” (I.i.98-99).
Why would the Montagues request Benvolio’s help to figure out why Romeo is upset rather than just asking Romeo themselves? Benvolio = Romeo’s cousinPossibly because Benvolio is closer to Romeo’s age, they might have a better relationship and might be closer so, therefore, maybe Romeo would be more likely to tell Benvolio what’s going on.
Give an example of an oxymoron that Romeo says in Act 1, Scene 1. “COLD FIRE” – contradicts one another because cold is describing something fried while fire is very hot. The two are polar opposites in types of temperature.
Why is Romeo unable to win Rosaline’s affection? Romeo is unable to win Rosaline’s affection because as Romeo says, “Well in that hit you miss. She’ll not be hit/ with cupid’s arrow. She hoth Dian’s wit,/ And in strong proof uncharmed (I.i. 216-219).
How does Romeo feel about attending the Capulet party at the beginning of scene 2. At the beginning of the scene, Romeo still feels very depressed and is not very enthusiastic about attending the Capulet party. As he says, “I have a soul of lead/So stakes me to the ground I cannot move” (I.iv.15-16), this basically means that Romeo’s depression is pulling him down causing him to lack enthusiasm. He also does not think it is wise to go because the two families are enemies.
What advice does Mercutio give Romeo with regard to love? Mertucio basically tells Romeo to give love another shot.”If love be rough with you, be rough with love./ Prick love for prickling, and you beat love down” (I.iv. 27-28). LIFE IS TOO SHORT
How does Romeo feel about attending the Capulet party at the end of scene 2? At the end of the scene, Romeo thinks that going to the capulet party is a very bad idea, as he says, “I fear too early, for my mind misgives/ some consequences yet hanging in the stars” (I.iv.113-114). Romeo realizes that because his family and the capulets are enemies, something bad is going to happen that will lead to his death. Although he isn’t quite sure what that bad thing will be yet, he knows it is in the stars, or up to fate and is bound is happen.
How does Lord Capulet react to Paris’ request to marry Juliet, and why might he react this way? Lord capulet says his daughter is too young at the moment, “She hath not seen the change of fourteen years./ Let two more summers wither in their pride” (I.ii. 8-9). He wants Paris to wait a few years but he tells him that he can still try and woo Juliet and if Juliet wants to, they can marry. Juliet is Lord Capulet’s only daughter and so he wants to protect her and care for her.
Why does the Capulet servant need help from Romeo and Benvolio in this scene, and how could this event be an example of plot contrivance? Plot contrivance = something that causes things to happen in a story/play in a manner that may or may not necessarily be believable in real life. The Capulet servant needs help from Romeo because he, himself, cannot read and his master is forcing him to find the people whose names are written on the party list. Romeo can read and he helps him. EX: because this leads Romeo, a Montague, to attend the Capulet party, which normally would have never happened.
Look at the techniques that Lord Capulet and Benvolio use in order to get Paris and Romeo, respectively, to attend the Capulet party. How are their explanations of why each man should come similar? Lord Capulet tells Paris that if he goes to the party, he can meet Juliet. If Paris pleases Juliet and Juliet decides that she wants to marry him then Lord Capulet will let him do so. Benvolio tells Romeo that if he goes to the party, he will get to meet more beautiful women. Both explanations are similar because Lord Capulet and Benvolio are both trying convince another to go to the party for a woman/women.
How does Juliet respond when her mother asks her “can you like of Paris’ love”? Based upon the words that she uses in her response and the content of their conversation, does Juliet sound very enthusiastic about this suitor, Paris? Juliet says that she will look at Paris and if it is love then she will know at first sight. Juliet does not sound very enthusiastic as she says if it is not meant to be, she will not pursue in any dating or courting.
What does Tybalt want to do to Romeo upon seeing him at the Capulet party, and why would he want to do it? When Tybalt sees Romeo at the Capulet party, he wants to kill him. Just as he says, “to strike him dead I hold it not a sin” (I.v.67). Tybalt would want to kill Romeo because he thinks since Romeo is from his enemy’s family (the Montagues), he will ruin the party and mock the Capulets.
What rationale does Lord Capulet use to dissuade Tybalt from killing Romeo ? Lord Capulet dissuades Tybalt by telling him that as long as Tybalt is under his house and his rule he will not kill Romeo because Romeo is acting like a perfect gentleman and is causing no harm. “Content thee, gentile coz. Let him alone/He bears him like a partly gentleman,/And, to say truth Verona brags of him/ to be a virtuous and we’ll governed youth” (I.v.74-77).
How does Romeo convince Juliet to kiss him at the party? Romeo convinces Juliet to kiss him by saying to Juliet while holding her hand, “If I profane with my unworthiest hand/ This holy shrine, the gentle sin is this. / My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready to stand/ To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss” (I.v.104-107). After saying this and realizing that Juliet might like him as well, he convinces her that their lips should do as their hands do and this flatters Juliet so she kisses him.
How do Romeo and Juliet seem to react when they learn that the other is from their rival family? Romeo: “oh dear account! My life is my foe’s debt” (I.v.132). By saying this, he basically means that is does not matter what family Juliet is from as he already loves her and would do anything for her.Juliet: “my only love sprung from my only hate!” (I.v.152). By saying this, Juliet is basically explaining how the only person she is supposed to hate is the only person she has or will ever love.Romeo and Juliet love each other so much that they put their family feuds aside.

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