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

William Shakespeare

Act III, Scenes 1 and 2: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Who begs Mercutio to leave the streets of Verona because the Capulets might also be out on this extremely hot day?

2. Who comes to the public square looking for a fight with Romeo?

3. What does Mercutio call Tybalt?

4. How does Tybalt insult Romeo and try to get him to fight him?

5. Why won’t Romeo fight Tybalt?

6. Why does Mercutio fight Tybalt?

7. How is Mercutio killed?

8. Why does Romeo kill Tybalt?

9. Who tells the Prince about the murders?

10. What is Romeo’s punishment?

Answers
1. Benvolio tries to get Mercutio to leave the streets of Verona because he is trying to prevent another fight.

2. Tybalt comes to the public square hoping to incite a fight with Romeo.

3. Mercutio calls Tybalt “Good King of Cats.”

4. Tybalt insults Romeo by calling him a villain, hoping that this will cause him to fight.

5. Romeo will not fight Tybalt because now they are related by marriage. Tybalt is Juliet’s cousin.

6. Mercutio fights Tybalt because he is angry that Tybalt is insulting Romeo, his friend.

7. Mercutio is killed when Romeo comes between them and blocks his view of Tybalt. Tybalt reaches under Romeo’s arm and stabs Mercutio.

8. Romeo kills Tybalt because he feels that he must revenge his friend’s death. After all, it was Romeo’s fight and not Mercutio’s.

9. Benvolio is the one who tells the Prince about the murders and relates exactly what happened.

10. Romeo’s punishment is to be banished from Verona. If he is caught in the city of Verona, he will be put to death.