Romeo and Juliet Review

In what city does this play take place? Verona, Italy
Why are Romeo and Juliet called “star-cross’d lovers”? They’re star crossed lovers because their fate was “written” in the stars” and sadly their stars/fate did not allow them to be together-they were “crossed” by fate
Who is fighting at the beginning of the first scene? The Montague and Capulet servants
What does foil mean? means that that character serves to highlight the attributes of another character by providing a contrast
Why is the Prince angry with the Capulets and the Montagues? Because they keep fighting over nothing
What threat does the Prince make to Lord Montague and Lord Capulet? He threatens to kill them if they are caught fighting again
Why is Romeo so sad? Rosaline, the girl he loves, doesn’t love him back.
What is Benvolio’s advice to Romeo? He advises him to forget her and find someone else
What does Capulet give to the servant and what is the servant supposed to do? Names of who was invited to the party and he was supposed to find them and tell them about it
What problem does the servant have? He can’t read
How does he solve his problem? Asks Romeo to read it for him.
What is the name of the woman Romeo loves? Rosaline
What do Romeo and Benvolio decide to do? They go to the party to meet girls
How old is Juliet? 13
When Lady Capulet asks Juliet how she feels about marriage, what is Juliet’s answer? Juliet does not think about it
Following Juliet’s answer, what does Lady Capulet then tell Juliet? She should look at Paris and decide whether or not she should marry him
How does the Nurse provide comic relief? Makes inappropriate jokes
to what does Lady Capulet compare Paris to? A book that needs to be read
Who is Queen Mab and what does she do? she is a dream fairy that visits and creates dreams
What does Mercutio say about dreams? They are the children of an idle brain
What does Romeo think of Juliet the first time he sees her? love at first sight
How does Tybalt recognize Romeo? By his voice
What does Capulet tell Tybalt? He can leave if he doesn’t like the fact of Romeo there
How is the theme of fate reinforced at the end of act 1 scene 4? Romeo says he fears their mischief might lead to unfortunate events
How do Romeo and Juliet discover each other? The Nurse
When Juliet appears on her balcony, what does Romeo compare her to? Romeo compares her with the sun
How does Juliet speak yet say nothing? She speaks with her eyes
When Juliet leans her cheek on her hand, what does Romeo say? That if he were a glove upon that hand he might touch that cheek.
Unaware of his presence, what does Juliet ask Romeo to say? Deny his father and refuse his name.
What does Juliet say about names? It’s only Romeo’s name that makes him her enemy. If Romeo’s last name went away Romeo would still be himself. Names mean nothing and you define yourself, your name doesn’t define you.
How did Romeo find out where Juliet’s balcony was? love showed him the way
Why is Juliet embarrassed that Romeo overheard her balcony speech? Because he might think that she is too quickly won; she gave her love too easily
Juliet is going to send someone to Romeo on the following day for what purpose? She is going to send the nurse to find out when and where she is supposed to get married
What has friar Laurence been out gathering in his basket? Plants and herbs
When Friar Laurence sees Romeo, what comment does Friar Laurence make about seeing Romeo so early in the morning? He was awaken by a dreamHe also knows that Romeo has been out all night
Why does Friar Lawrence agree to marry Romeo and Juliet? He hopes that it will help to end the feud between the families.
According to Mercurio, what kind of man is Tybalt? Skilled swordsmen who is tough, cocky, aggressive and always looking for a fight
How do Romeo and his friends treat the Nurse? They make fun of her weight
How is Juliet to arrange to meet Romeo? She is going to tell her parents that she is going to confess her sins, and go get married secretly.
How long is the nurse gone? 3 hours
How is the nurse behaving that is frustrating to Juliet? She’s complaining; she doesn’t want to tell Juliet what Romeo said.
Why do you think Shakespeare left out the wedding scene? A wedding is usually the sign of a happy ending and this is a tragedy that ends in death
Why does Benvolio think there will be a fight? It’s hot
Why does Romeo refuse to fight Tybalt? Romeo is now related to Tybalt because of his marriage to his cousin, Juliet
What does Mercutio think is the reason Romeo refuses to fight? Mercutio thinks that the reason Romeo refuses to fight is that hes a coward.
How does Mercutio’s speech (a plague o’ both your houses) reflect one major theme of the play? He blames the feud for his death and the feud is a common factor for creating trouble.
What does Romeo say that Juliet’s love has done to him? It has made him weak
What is the climax of the play? When Romeo kills Tybalt in Act 3
Why does Romeo call himself “fortune’s fool”? he calls himself that because he has bad luck.
When Benvolio relates to the Prince what happened, what does he say Romeo tried to do before Mercutio was killed? He tried to stop the fight
What does Lady Capulet accuse Benvolio of? Why? she accuses him of lying because he is a Montague.
What is Romeo’s punishment for killing Tybalt? He is banished from Verona
Why is Juliet so impatient for the nurse to return? She wants to know the latest news on Romeo
Describe Juliet’s rapidly changing attitudes toward Romeo First, she is upset and astonished that he killed her cousin and then she defends him and gives him an excuse and then she is protective and forgiving of him.
What piece of news has upset Juliet the most? Romeo’s banishment
What does the nurse promise to do? she promises to get Romeo and bring him to Juliet so they can say their goodbyes.
What is Romeo’s reaction to his banishment? He thinks it is a fate worse than death
What should Romeo be grateful for? He is married to Juliet and has found his true love
What plan does Friar Laurence reveal to Romeo? Go and see Juliet, but leave immediately, go in the morning and disguise himelf and leave for Mantua. Live there until they can create a plan for him to return after telling the Prince/ families of his marriage to Juliet.
What does the nurse give to Romeo? juliet’s ring that she had been planning to gift him.
What plan does Capulet devise for Juliet? He plans for her to marry Paris on Thursday
What argument does Juliet use to convince Romeo to stay? She says it was the call of the nigh bird instead of the morning one they were hearing
What does Juliet say she will do if she cannot find a way to avoid marrying Paris? Juliet entertains the thought of killing herself.
What is the nurse’s advice to Juliet? Forget about romeo and marry Paris
How does Juliet’s attitude towards the Nurse change? She becomes more closed off and doesn’t tell the Nurse the truth anymore
What “scheme” does Juliet devise to get rid of the Nurse and to get out of the house? She is going to confession to confess her sins.
Why is Friar Laurence reluctant to marry Paris to Juliet? He knows that Juliet is already married. It is a sin to a priest to have someone be married twice.
How does Paris explain the sudden haste of the marriage plans? Paris explains that it is a good thing to rush the marriage because a long “mourning period” and extended sadness is dangerous. Paris explains that Capulet is smart to rush the marriage to stop Juliet’s crying.
What is ironic about the conversation between Juliet and Paris? Juliet and Paris talk about love and confession of love to Friar Lawrence. Juliet actually confesses her love for Romeo to Paris, but he remains unaware of her “confession.”
If Friar Laurence cannot help her, what does Juliet threaten to do? She threatens to kill herself at that very moment in front of the Friar with a dagger.
What is Friar Laurence’s plan for Juliet? Give her a death like potion that will make her appear like she died and then the family will mourn and move on and he will send a letter to Romeo notifying him of her fake death and how they will meet up and finally be together after she awakes.
What does Juliet say that makes her father happy? She says that she will marry Paris.
How does Capulet change the wedding plans? What implication does this have? He moves Juliet and Paris’s wedding to Wednesday; Romeo and Friar do not know this; Juliet must make a decision and everything is rushed
How does Juliet show her maturity and independence? She drinks the potion and cuts all ties from her family forever
If the potion does not work, what will Juliet do? She would just kill herself with a knife.
What are some fears Juliet has about the potion? Some fears Juliet has about the potion is she will suffocate; Friar makes poison, not potion; she will wake up and go crazy and bash her brains in.
What happens in act 4 scene 4 in Romeo and juliet? Her body is discovered
What does Friar Laurence say to comfort the Capulets? She’s in a better place now
What event are the Capulets now preparing for? Juliet’s funeral
What news does Balthasar bring Romeo? That Juliet is dead
What does Romeo do when he hears she is dead? Buy a potion with poison and sneak into Verona to see Juliet’s body and kill himself to be with her
Why does the Apothecary agree to sell Romeo poison? He is poor and needs the money
Why did Friar John fail to deliver Friar Laurence’s letter to Romeo? He was quarantined
After hearing this news from Friar John, what does Friar Laurence intend to do? Go to Capulet’s tomb and wait for Juliet to wake up
Why is Paris at Juliet’s tomb? Paris has come to Juliet’s tomb to bring flowers and weep.
What are Romeo’s two reasons for entering the Capulets tomb? He wants to see Juliet’s face again and get the ring
Why does Paris think Romeo has come to the tomb? He wanted to fight Romeo because he thought Romeo was disturbing Juliet because Paris wanted to honor Juliet and so Paris challenged Romeo to a duel
What is it about Juliet that should have told Romeo that she was not dead? There was color in her cheeks, she was not cold. Red cheeks, red lips.
Why doesn’t Friar Laurence stay in the tomb with Juliet after she awakens? She says she is not going with him, and he doesn’t want to get caught.
Why does Juliet kiss Romeo after he is dead? She hopes there is still poison on his lips
When Montague first arrives on the scene, what does he tell those gathered? Lady Montague, Romeo’s mother, died the night before from heartbreak over Romeo’s exile.
What information does Romeo’s letter give? that Juliet and him were married and in love
How do Montague and Capulet plan to honor the memories of their children? Build gold statues in honor of their memories; tell their story of love
How many people died in Romeo and Juliet? 6- Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio, Tybalt, Paris, and Romeo’s mother
How many of those six died in act 5? 4 – the other two died during the fight scene in act 3

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