Romeo and Juliet Act III, Scene 5: Questions and Answers

William Shakespeare

Act III, Scene 5: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. On what day does Scene 5 take place?

2. What is significant about the lark and the nightingale?

3. What vision does Juliet have as Romeo is leaving?

4. Who comes to visit with Juliet early that morning?

5. What news does Lady Capulet give to Juliet?

6. What is Juliet’s reaction to the news that Lady Capulet gives her?

7. Who does Juliet turn to for help when her parents leave?

8. What advice does the Nurse give Juliet?

9. Why does Juliet tell the Nurse that she is going to see Friar Laurence?

10. If the Friar cannot furnish a solution for Juliet, what does she have the power to do?

Answers
1. Scene 5 takes place on day three, a Tuesday morning.

2. The lovers are trying to determine the time of night or early morning. Romeo must be out of the city before daylight. The nightingale sings at night, while the lark sings in the early part of the morning.

3. Juliet has a vision that she sees Romeo as one dead in the bottom of a tomb.

4. Juliet’s mother, Lady Capulet, comes to visit with her early that morning.

5. Lady Capulet brings Juliet the news that her father has consented for her to marry Paris on Thursday.

6. Juliet is upset and willfully says that she will not marry Paris. This is the first time she has been disobedient to her
parents.

7. After her parents leave, Juliet turns to the Nurse for a solution to her dilemma.

8. The Nurse advises Juliet to forget Romeo, since he is banished, and marry Paris.

9. Juliet tells the Nurse that she is going to see Friar Laurence to confess her sins and get forgiveness. She is really going there to seek the Friar’s help.

10. If Friar Laurence cannot help her, she has the power to commit suicide rather than marry Paris.