Romeo and Juliet

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THE PROLOGUE

Questions Difficulty Standard
What information about the play’s story does the Prologue convey? Regular RL.1

ACT I. Scene I. Verona. A public place.

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What effect does Gregory and Sampson’s crass joking have on the mood of the scene? Regular RL.4
What do Benvolio and Tybalt have in common? How are they different? Regular RL.3
How does Prince characterize Capulet and Montague? Regular RL.6
What does Romeo’s speaking in paradoxes suggest about his current state of mind? Challenging RL.3
What other Shakespearean texts reflect this idea that beauty must be preserved or immortalized? Challenging RL.9

ACT I. Scene II. A Street.

Questions Difficulty Standard
Describe Capulet’s approach to handling Paris’ interest in Juliet. Regular RL.1

ACT I. Scene III. Capulet's house.

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How does the Nurse’s rambling provide comic relief in this scene? Challenging RL.4
What extended metaphor does Shakespeare use here, and to what effect? Challenging RL.4

ACT I. Scene IV. A street.

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What is Mercutio trying to convey to Romeo about dreams? Challenging RL.1
Why is Romeo content to carry on with his friends even though he has a feeling that something will go awry? Challenging RL.6

ACT I. Scene V. Capulet's house.

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What about Juliet initially appeals to Romeo? Regular RL.1
Notice Shakespeare’s use of chiasmus here. How does this literary device reflect Juliet’s emotional state? Challenging RL.5

PROLOGUE

Questions Difficulty Standard
Paraphrase the quatrains and the couplet in this sonnet. Challenging RL.4

ACT II. Scene II. Capulet's orchard.

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Why might Romeo rely on hyperbole in the dialogue on these pages? Challenging RL.6
What is Juliet’s concern? Regular RL.1

ACT II. Scene III. Friar Laurence's cell.

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What kind of person is Romeo revealing himself to be in his interactions with Friar Laurence? Challenging RL.3

ACT II. Scene IV. A street.

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What is the Nurse’s implied purpose in her visiting Romeo on the day he is to marry Juliet? Challenging RL.1

ACT II. Scene V. Capulet's orchard.

Questions Difficulty Standard
Describe Juliet’s emotions in this moment. What evidence can you find to support your ideas? Regular RL.1
Make a prediction about why Shakespeare includes such a silly scene right before the marriage of Romeo and Juliet. Other

ACT II. Scene VI. Friar Laurence's cell.

Questions Difficulty Standard
What does Friar Laurence hope will come of the marriage between Romeo and Juliet? Challenging RL.3

ACT III. Scene I. A public place.

Questions Difficulty Standard
What is Benvolio’s role in this scene? Does he appear to be a static or a dynamic character in this way? Challenging RL.3
What does this statement reveal about Romeo’s sense of agency in his own life? Challenging RL.4
Compare Benvolio’s and Capulet’s sense of the truth. Challenging RL.6

ACT III. Scene II. Capulet's orchard.

Questions Difficulty Standard
What is happening in this soliloquy? Challenging RL.2

ACT III. Scene III. Friar Laurence's cell.

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Compare Romeo’s and Juliet’s individual reaction to the news that Romeo is banished. Regular RL.6

ACT III. Scene IV. Capulet's house

Questions Difficulty Standard
In what ways is Capulet’s behavior here a sharp contrast to his behavior with Paris in Act 1, Scene 2? Regular RL.3

ACT III. Scene V. Capulet's orchard.

Questions Difficulty Standard
Describe Capulet’s rage in response to Juliet’s disregard for her marriage to Paris. Challenging RL.3

ACT IV. Scene I. Friar Laurence's cell.

Questions Difficulty Standard
What reason does Capulet give to Paris for rushing the wedding? Do you think Capulet is telling Paris the truth? Regular RL.1
Compare the banter between Juliet and Paris to that of Juliet and Romeo. Regular RL.3

ACT IV. Scene II. Capulet's house.

Questions Difficulty Standard
What is Capulet’s expectation for the dynamic between a parent and child? Regular RL.2

ACT IV. Scene III. Juliet's chamber.

Questions Difficulty Standard
List the various concerns Juliet has while she prepares to drink Friar Laurence’s elixir. Regular RL.1

ACT IV. Scene V. Juliet's chamber.

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How does Capulet personify death? Challenging RL.4

ACT V. Scene I. Mantua. A street.

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How might this scene serve as a commentary on society and poverty? Challenging RL.2

ACT V. Scene II. Verona. Friar Laurence's cell.

Questions Difficulty Standard
What is the consequence of Friar John failing to deliver Friar Laurence’s letter? Challenging RL.3

ACT V. Scene III. Verona. A churchyard; in it the monument of the Capulets.

Questions Difficulty Standard
Compare Romeo’s speech here to his speech to Tybalt in Act 3, Scene 1. What do these speeches reveal about Romeo? Challenging RL.3
What examples of dramatic irony do we encounter in this scene? Regular RL.1
What theme best captures Prince’s condemnation of this series of events? Challenging RL.2