What is a good discussion question for the first half of Act II, scene V of Romeo and Juliet?

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In the first half of Act II Scene v of William Shakespeare's famous play, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet impatiently awaits the return of the Nurse with word from Romeo.  When the Nurse returns, she complains and "beats around the bush" before finally giving Juliet the message Romeo sends his future wife.

There are several possibilities for discussion questions for this short section.  In lines 38 through 45, the Nurse's speech alternates between blank verse and prose.

Well, you have made a simple choice; you know

not how to choose a man.  Romeo?  No, not he.  Though

his face be better than any man's, yet his leg excels all

men's; and for a hand and a foot, and a body, though

they be not to be talked on, they are past compare.

He is not the flower of courtesy, but, I'll warrant him,

as gentle as a lamb.  Go they ways, wench; serve God.

What, have you dined at home?

Why did Shakespeare choose to have her do that?  What was the purpose?

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