Romeo and Juliet Study Guide

In the Prologue, the Chorus introduces the story line.
In Act 1, Scene 1, why does the Prince call the Capulets and the Montagues “Rebellious subjects, enemies to peace, / Profaners of this nieghbor-stained steel”? The two families have been fighting.
In Act 1, Scene 1, how does Romeo feel when he thinks about Rosaline? sad
In Act 1, Scene 2, Benvolio suggests that Romeo go to a party that Rosaline will also attend and “with unattained eye / Compare her face with some that I shall show.” Benvolio hopes to show Romeo that there are many beautiful women in the world besides Rosaline.
In Act 1, Lord Capulet suggests that Paris try to win Juliet’s heart.
In Act 1, Scene 4, what reason does Romeo give for wanting to avoid the Capulets’ party? He has dreamed that something bad will happen.
The conversation between Tybalt and Lord Capulet at the party reveals that Tybalt is aggressive
Which event during the Capulets’ party in Act 1, Scene 5 happened first? Tybalt recognizes Romeo.
In Act 2, Scene 2, lines 10-12, Romeo says, “It is my lady; O, it is my love! / O that she knew she were!” Which sentence best paraphrases his meaning? She [Juliet] is the one I love, and I wish she knew it.
During Juliet’s soliloquy in Act 2, Scene 2, Romeo asks, “Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?” (line 37). Shakespeare uses this aside to show that Romeo does not know if he should reveal his presence to Juliet.
In Act 2, Scene 2, Juliet expresses the fear that her love for Romeo is just a passing infatuation.
Juliet tells Romeo that if he loves her, he will marry her.
In Act 2, Scene 3, why is Friar Laurence concerned about Romeo’s request to marry Juliet? Romeo falls in love too quickly.
Tybalt writes a letter to Romeo challenging Romeo to a duel because Romeo attended the Capulet’s banquet without an invitation.
Which character provides comic relief in Act 1, Scene 3? The Nurse.
In Act 1, Scene 3, Lady Capulet tells Juliet to consider marriage because Paris wants to marry her.
Romeo attacks Tybalt because Tybalt kills Mercutio. (rip)
Lady Capulet doubts Benvolio’s description of the fight because Benvolio is Romeo’s relative and his friend.
The change in the wedding date affects Friar Laurence’s plan because he will have less time to contact Romeo.
At the end of Scene 2, Juliet asks the Nurse to deliver a ring from Juliet to Romeo.
What plan does Romeo share with the Nurse in Act 2, Scene 4? Juliet will say that she is going to confession, but she will marry Romeo instead.
In Act 1, Scene 5, why does the Nurse delay telling Juliet about Romeo’s plans? She enjoys teasing Juliet.
Which detail shows how Shakespeare uses the Nurse to provide comic relief? She uses the word confidence instead of conference when asking to speak with Romeo.
Friar Laurence says, “These violent delights have violent ends / And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, / Which, as they kiss, consume” (Scene 6, lines 9-11). What might these lines foreshadow? Romeo and Juliet’s love will not end happily.
Why does Romeo want to avoid fighting Tybalt? Romeo has just married Juliet, Tybalt’s cousin
In Act 4, Scene 1, what does Juliet’s threat to harm herself reveal about her personality? She reacts emotionally to situations.
What is the Prince’s punishment for Romeo? banishment
At the beginning of Act IV, Paris goes to Friar Laurence’s cell to make wedding plans.
Friar Laurence’s plan is that Romeo should visit Juliet and then hide in Mantua.
Why does Lord Capulet agree to let Paris marry Juliet? He wants to make Juliet happy.
At the beginning of Scene 5, Juliet insists, “It was the nightingale, and not the lark / That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear.” Why do Romeo and Juliet argue over the identity of the bird? If it is the lark, then it is dawn and Romeo must leave Verona.
When Juliet refuses to marry Paris, Lord Capulet threatens never to see her again.
In Act 5, Scene 2, Friar Laurence hurries to the Capulets’ tomb to reach Juliet before she wakes up.
Why is Paris at the cemetery? He wants to place flowers on Juliet’s grave.
When Paris sees Romeo, he says, “This is that banish’d haughty Montague / That murdered my love’s cousin — with which grief / It is supposed the fair creature died” (Scene 3, lines 49-51). This is an example of dramatic irony because the audience knows the truth about Juliet’s grief and her fake death, but Paris does not.
What does Romeo beg Paris to do in Act 5? leave him alone
When Romeo enters the tomb. he notices that Juliet is still beautiful.
Why does Friar Laurence leave Juliet alone in the tomb? He is afraid of the guard.
Juliet kisses Romeo in the tomb because she thinks that Romeo has poison on his lips and the kiss will kill her.
Why do Capulet and Montague stop their feud at the end of the play? They realize that their hatred has destroyed their own children.
Why does Lord Capulet say, “Death is my son-in-law” (Scene 5, line 38)? Death is like a “son-in-law” because it visits his family so frequently.
To ensure that she will never marry Paris, Juliet intends to stab herself if the potion fails.
The Nurse is in a good mood on Juliet’s wedding day because she believes that Juliet wants to marry Paris.
Romeo first responds to the news of the Prince’s punishment by wailing and moaning irrationally about his fate.
In her soliloquy in Act 4, Scene 3, Juliet says, “Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.” / I have a faint cold hear thrills through my veins / That almost freezes up the heat of life.” What does Shakespeare reveal in these lines? Juliet is afraid that the plan won’t work.
Who finds Juliet on the morning of her wedding? the Nurse
Friar Laurence suggests that Juliet take the potion because he wants to help Romeo and Juliet be together.
What is the most likely reason that Shakespeare ends Act IV with a conversation between musicians and a servant? The conversation provides comic relief and eases the tension.
The play ends with the following lines: “For never was a story of more woe / Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” Shakespeare probably ends the play with a rhyme because he wants to make the ending more memorable.
Romeo thinks that Juliet is dead because Balthasar brings him the news of her funeral.

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