1. When Mercutio calls Tybalt "Prince of Cats" he is making what kind of allusion? A) Classical B)biblical C) Literary D) Topical2. Which of the following is not a classical allusion?A) Phoebus...

1. When Mercutio calls Tybalt "Prince of Cats" he is making what kind of allusion?

A) Classical B)biblical C) Literary D) Topical

2. Which of the following is not a classical allusion?
A) Phoebus B) Phaethon C) Abraham Cupid D) God save the mark

3. When the Prince in V, iii , commands "Seal up the mouth of outage," he probably means:

A) "Shut your swearing or slanderous mouth," B) That the servants should shut the opening of the Capulet tomb, C) "Friar Lawrence, cease your lying and tell us all the truth about what happened," D) That the eyes and mouths of the dead lovers should be closed out of respect for the dead.

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Starting with Number 2 then:

2. Which of the following is not a classical allusion?
Answer: D.  God save the mark

The other 3 are all allusions from Mythology:

  • Phoebus (Apollo) is one of the Olympian gods in both Greek and Roman mythology.
  • Phaeton is also a character from Greek mythology; he drove the chariot of the sun. Sunrise is sometimes described with an allusion to Phaeton's driving this chariot.
  • "Young Abraham" comes from a speech of Mercutio in Act II, Scene 1 in which he alludes to Cupid, who is both the youngest (pictured as a babe) and the oldest (around for a long time). According to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, Abraham lived to be one hundred and seventy-five years.

3. When the Prince says  

Seal up the mouth of outrage for a while,
Till we can clear these ambiguities

he means
Answer:  A. "Shut your swearing and slanderous mouths"

The Prince orders both the Montagues and the Capulets to be quiet until an investigation is made. The two families are extremely agitated and emotional at this point, uttering cries of vengeance, as they each blame the other family for the tragic death of Romeo and Juliet.

Mercutio's phrase for Cupid, "Young Abraham," is an allusion to the fact that in Greek mythology Cupid is both the oldest and youngest of the gods. Mercutio's mockeries of Venus and Cupid are meant to tease Romeo. 

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