Romeo and Juliet Act IV, Scenes 4 and 5: Questions and Answers

William Shakespeare

Act IV, Scenes 4 and 5: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Scene 4 takes place at what time in the morning?

2. Scene 4 takes place on what day?

3. How do the Capulets know that Paris is approaching?

4. Who is sent to wake up Juliet?

5. What does the Nurse find?

6. Who tries to console the Capulets by saying that Juliet is better off in heaven?

7. How do the wedding preparations change after they find Juliet?

8. How does the County Paris react to the death of Juliet?

9. How does Lord Capulet know that she is dead?

10. How does the act end?

Answers
1. Scene 4 takes place at three in the morning.

2. Scene 4 takes place early on Wednesday morning.

3. The Capulets know that Paris is coming because they can hear the music of his musicians.

4. The Nurse is sent to wake up Juliet.

5. The Nurse finds Juliet “dead” in her bed chamber.

6. The Friar tries to console the Capulets by assuring them that Juliet is in heaven.

7. The wedding preparations change dramatically. The wedding music becomes funeral dirges. The wedding flowers become funeral flowers, and the happiness associated with a wedding becomes sadness.

8. Paris is devastated by the news that Juliet is dead. He says, “Beguiled, divorced, wronged, spited, slain! / Most detestable Death, by thee beguiled, / By cruel, cruel thee quite overthrown. / O love! O life! not life, but love in death!”

9. Lord Capulet believes that Juliet is dead because he feels that her body is cold to the touch and her joints are stiff.

10. Act IV ends with a comic discussion between the musicians and Peter.