Act I, Scenes 1-2: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is the setting for the play?

2. What scene of conflict opens the action of the play?

3. Which character tries to stop the fighting among the servants?

4. Which character is aggressive and eager to fight?

5. What warning does the Prince give to anyone who breaks the peace again?

6. Who has asked for Juliet’s hand in marriage?

7. How old is Juliet?

8. In what state of mind is Romeo when we first see him in the play?

9. Explain how Romeo finds out about the Capulet ball.

10. How does Benvolio try to remedy Romeo’s love sickness?

1. The setting is a street scene in Verona, Italy.

2. The play opens with a conflict between the Capulet and Montague servants. Eventually, even the townspeople become involved.

3. Benvolio tries to stop the fighting among the servants.

4. Tybalt is aggressive and eager to fight. He challenges Benvolio to draw his sword.

5. The Prince decrees that if anyone breaks the peace again, he shall pay with his life.

6. Paris has asked for Juliet’s hand in marriage.

7. Juliet is thirteen years old.

8. As the play opens, Romeo’s state of mind can best be described as love-sick, in love with love, moody, and melancholy.

9. Romeo finds out about the Capulet ball when an illiterate Capulet servant asks him to read the invitation list to him.

10. Benvolio tries to remedy Romeo’s love-sickness by getting him to consent to go to the Capulet ball and examine other beauties.

Act I, Scenes 3-5: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Who is Susan?

2. When is Juliet’s birthday?

3. Why does Lady Capulet visit with Juliet? What questions does she ask her?

4. How do the Nurse and Lady Capulet feel about Paris?

5. Which character loves to talk?

6. Who is Queen Mab?

7. What premonition does Romeo have?

8. How did Lord Capulet force the young ladies to dance with him?

9. Who recognizes Romeo’s voice at the feast and becomes furious because he is allowed to stay?

10. Who first tells Romeo and Juliet who the other is?

1. Susan is the Nurse’s daughter who was born on the same day as Juliet; however, she died.

2. Juliet’s birthday is on Lammas Eve.

3. Lady Capulet visits with Juliet to ask her if she is ready for marriage. She asks Juliet to look at Paris at the feast that night.

4. The Nurse and Lady Capulet feel that Paris is a perfect match for Juliet and are in favor of the marriage.

5. Mercutio loves to talk and uses figurative language and many plays on words.

6. Queen Mab is the Queen of Fairies. She is responsible for what men dream.

7. Romeo has a premonition that something is about to happen that will shorten his life.

8. Lord Capulet threatens to tell everyone that any young lady who does not dance with him has corns on her feet.

9. Tybalt recognizes Romeo’s voice and becomes furious when Lord Capulet allows him to remain at the ball.

10. The Nurse is the one who identifies each of the lovers.

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?

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.

Act II, Scenes 3 and 4: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What is Friar Laurence’s special skill or area of knowledge?

2. With what does Friar Laurence compare the beneficial and poisonous parts of the plant?

3. About what does the Friar caution Romeo?

4. Why does the Friar agree to marry Romeo and Juliet?

5. Who has sent Romeo a challenge for a duel?

6. What excuse is Juliet to give for going to Friar Laurence’s cell?

7. Where are Romeo and Juliet to be married?

8. Who teases Romeo about Rosaline and his love-sickness?

9. Who teases the Nurse and causes her to become crass?

10. How does Romeo plan to get into Juliet’s window?

1. Friar Laurence’s special skill is in making medicines and potions from herbs.

2. Friar Laurence compares the beneficial and poisonous parts of a plant to the good and evil within a man.

3. Friar Laurence cautions Romeo about being too hasty.

4. The Friar believes that by marrying the two lovers, he will end the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues.

5. Tybalt has sent Romeo a challenge for a duel. He is angry that Romeo came to the ball uninvited and was allowed to remain.

6. Juliet is going to get permission to go to Friar Laurence’s cell by saying that she needs to go to shrift, or confession.

7. Romeo and Juliet are to be married in Friar Laurence’s cell.

8. Mercutio, Romeo’s friend, teases him about Rosaline and his love-sickness.

9. Mercutio teases the Nurse and causes her to become angry.

10. Romeo has given the Nurse a rope ladder in order that he might climb into Juliet’s window later that night.

Act II, Scenes 5 and 6: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. At what time did Juliet send the Nurse to see Romeo and find out the wedding plans?

2. How long has Juliet been waiting for the Nurse to return with the news from Romeo?

3. How does the Nurse react when she finally returns?

4. How does the Nurse feel about the marriage?

5. What is the Friar afraid of?

6. The friar warns Romeo again about something. What is it?

7. How much do the lovers say their love has grown?

8. How many people know of the marriage?

9. Where does the marriage take place?

10. What is another name for the Friar?

1. Juliet sent the Nurse at nine o’clock in the morning to find out the wedding news from Romeo.

2. Juliet has been waiting three hours for the Nurse to return with the news.

3. The Nurse teases Juliet by claiming to be tired from her journey and prolongs telling her the news.

4. The Nurse is in favor of the marriage and feels that Romeo is handsome as well as polite.

5. The Friar is afraid that both lovers are acting too hastily.

6. The Friar warns Romeo again about acting too hastily.

7. The lovers say that their love has grown to such an extent that it cannot be counted.

8. Four main characters know of the marriage. Romeo and Juliet, of course, are aware; but also the Nurse and Friar Laurence have become accomplices in the affair.

9. The marriage takes place in Friar Laurence’s cell or chapel.

10. Friar Laurence is also referred to as the ghostly confessor.

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?

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.

Act III, Scenes 3 and 4: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What day is it in Scene 3?

2. Where did Romeo run to hide after the murder of Tybalt?

3. How does he react to the news that he is banished from Verona?

4. Who tells him that the Prince has banished him?

5. What upsets Romeo the most about being banished?

6. The Friar gives three reasons that Romeo should be happy. What were they?

7. What does the Nurse give to Romeo?

8. Where is Romeo to go before daybreak?

9. On what day does Lord Capulet plan for Juliet to be married to Paris?

10. Who is to tell Juliet the “good news” concerning her future marriage to Paris?


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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?


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Act IV, Scenes 1-3: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why is Paris at Friar Laurence’s cell?

2. What reason does Paris give the Friar for the hasty marriage?

3. How long will the sleeping potion take effect?

4. Where will Juliet be put after her family believes that she is dead?

5. Who will be waiting in the tomb when Juliet awakens from the sleeping potion?

6. Who is supervising the preparations for the wedding?

7. What change does Lord Capulet make in the wedding plans?

8. If the potion does not work, what does Juliet plan to do?

9. What vision makes her have the strength to go ahead and drink the potion?

10. How will Romeo know about the...

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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?

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

2. Scene 4 takes place...

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Act V, Scenes 1 and 2: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Where does Scene 1 take place?

2. What was Romeo’s dream?

3. Who brings Romeo the news that Juliet is dead?

4. Why does Romeo go to the Apothecary?

5. How much does Romeo pay for the poison?

6. Why does the Apothecary hesitate in selling Romeo the poison?

7. What persuades the Apothecary to go ahead and sell Romeo the poison?

8. Who does Friar Laurence entrust with the important letter to Romeo?

9. Why is the letter not delivered to Romeo?

10. How long will it be before Juliet wakes up?

1. Scene 1 takes place in Mantua where Romeo has been banished.


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Act V, Scene 3: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. Why is Paris at Juliet’s tomb?

2. What is Paris’ last request?

3. Why does Paris think Romeo has come to the Capulet tomb?

4. Who kills Paris?

5. If Romeo had not been so hasty in drinking the poison, what would he have noticed about Juliet?

6. Name the people who have died in this scene.

7. Where does Friar Laurence want to take Juliet?

8. How does Juliet kill herself?

9. Who is suspected the most as a murderer and why?

10. What four accounts does the Prince hear?

1. Paris has come to Juliet’s tomb to bring flowers and weep.

2. As he dies,...

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