Romeo and Juliet Act II, Scenes 1 and 2: Questions and Answers

William Shakespeare

Act II, Scenes 1 and 2: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Instead of returning home, where does Romeo go after the ball?

2. What is a soliloquy and how is it used in Scene 2?

3. By whose name does Mercutio call for Romeo?

4. How does Romeo learn of Juliet’s love for him?

5. What does Romeo say helped him climb over the high walls of the Capulet orchard and find Juliet’s window?

6. What do Romeo and Juliet exchange?

7. What do Romeo and Juliet plan to do the next day?

8. To what does Romeo compare Juliet’s beauty?

9. Who keeps interrupting the balcony scene?

10. Why does Juliet ask Romeo not to swear by the moon?

Answers
1. After the ball, Romeo goes over the wall and into the Capulet orchard.

2. A soliloquy is a dramatic monologue spoken aloud by a character to reveal his thoughts to the audience. Romeo uses a soliloquy to describe Juliet’s beauty as she stands on her balcony.

3. Mercutio keeps calling for Romeo in Rosaline’s name.

4. He overhears Juliet speaking of her love for him when she thinks she is alone.

5. Love, which gave him wings, helped him over the wall and made it possible for him to find her balcony.

6. Romeo and Juliet exchange vows of love.

7. Romeo and Juliet plan to be married the next day.

8. Romeo compares Juliet’s beauty to brightness, warmth, and light.

9. The Nurse keeps interrupting the balcony scene.

10. Juliet asks Romeo not to swear his love on the moon because the moon appears to change in size as it orbits the earth, suggesting that it is fickle.