Romeo and Juliet

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THE PROLOGUE

Questions Difficulty Common Core
What information about the play’s story does the Prologue convey? Regular 9-10.RL.1

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

Questions Difficulty Common Core
What effect does Gregory and Sampson’s crass joking have on the mood of the scene? Regular 9-10.RL.4
What do Benvolio and Tybalt have in common? How are they different? Regular 9-10.RL.3
How does Prince characterize Capulet and Montague? Regular 9-10.RL.6
What does Romeo’s speaking in paradoxes suggest about his current state of mind? Challenging 9-10.RL.3
What other Shakespearean texts reflect this idea that beauty must be preserved or immortalized? Challenging 9-10.RL.9

ACT I. Scene II. A Street.

Questions Difficulty Common Core
Describe Capulet’s approach to handling Paris’ interest in Juliet. Regular 9-10.RL.1

ACT I. Scene III. Capulet's house.

Questions Difficulty Common Core
How does the Nurse’s rambling provide comic relief in this scene? Challenging 9-10.RL.4
What extended metaphor does Shakespeare use here, and to what effect? Challenging 9-10.RL.4

ACT I. Scene IV. A street.

Questions Difficulty Common Core
What is Mercutio trying to convey to Romeo about dreams? Challenging 9-10.RL.1
Why is Romeo content to carry on with his friends even though he has a feeling that something will go awry? Challenging 9-10.RL.6

ACT I. Scene V. Capulet's house.

Questions Difficulty Common Core
What about Juliet initially appeals to Romeo? Regular 9-10.RL.1
Notice Shakespeare’s use of chiasmus here. How does this literary device reflect Juliet’s emotional state? Challenging 9-10.RL.5

PROLOGUE

Questions Difficulty Common Core
Paraphrase the quatrains and the couplet in this sonnet. Challenging 9-10.RL.4

ACT II. Scene II. Capulet's orchard.

Questions Difficulty Common Core
Why might Romeo rely on hyperbole in the dialogue on these pages? Challenging 9-10.RL.6
What is Juliet’s concern? Regular 9-10.RL.1

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

Questions Difficulty Common Core
What kind of person is Romeo revealing himself to be in his interactions with Friar Laurence? Challenging 9-10.RL.3

ACT II. Scene IV. A street.

Questions Difficulty Common Core
What is the Nurse’s implied purpose in her visiting Romeo on the day he is to marry Juliet? Challenging 9-10.RL.1

ACT II. Scene V. Capulet's orchard.

Questions Difficulty Common Core
Describe Juliet’s emotions in this moment. What evidence can you find to support your ideas? Regular 9-10.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 Common Core
What does Friar Laurence hope will come of the marriage between Romeo and Juliet? Challenging 9-10.RL.3

ACT III. Scene I. A public place.

Questions Difficulty Common Core
What is Benvolio’s role in this scene? Does he appear to be a static or a dynamic character in this way? Challenging 9-10.RL.3
What does this statement reveal about Romeo’s sense of agency in his own life? Challenging 9-10.RL.4
Compare Benvolio’s and Capulet’s sense of the truth. Challenging 9-10.RL.6

ACT III. Scene II. Capulet's orchard.

Questions Difficulty Common Core
What is happening in this soliloquy? Challenging 9-10.RL.2

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

Questions Difficulty Common Core
Compare Romeo’s and Juliet’s individual reaction to the news that Romeo is banished. Regular 9-10.RL.6

ACT III. Scene IV. Capulet's house

Questions Difficulty Common Core
In what ways is Capulet’s behavior here a sharp contrast to his behavior with Paris in Act 1, Scene 2? Regular 9-10.RL.3

ACT III. Scene V. Capulet's orchard.

Questions Difficulty Common Core
Describe Capulet’s rage in response to Juliet’s disregard for her marriage to Paris. Challenging 9-10.RL.3

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

Questions Difficulty Common Core
What reason does Capulet give to Paris for rushing the wedding? Do you think Capulet is telling Paris the truth? Regular 9-10.RL.1
Compare the banter between Juliet and Paris to that of Juliet and Romeo. Regular 9-10.RL.3

ACT IV. Scene II. Capulet's house.

Questions Difficulty Common Core
What is Capulet’s expectation for the dynamic between a parent and child? Regular 9-10.RL.2

ACT IV. Scene III. Juliet's chamber.

Questions Difficulty Common Core
List the various concerns Juliet has while she prepares to drink Friar Laurence’s elixir. Regular 9-10.RL.1

ACT IV. Scene V. Juliet's chamber.

Questions Difficulty Common Core
How does Capulet personify death? Challenging 9-10.RL.4

ACT V. Scene I. Mantua. A street.

Questions Difficulty Common Core
How might this scene serve as a commentary on society and poverty? Challenging 9-10.RL.2

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

Questions Difficulty Common Core
What is the consequence of Friar John failing to deliver Friar Laurence’s letter? Challenging 9-10.RL.3

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

Questions Difficulty Common Core
Compare Romeo’s speech here to his speech to Tybalt in Act 3, Scene 1. What do these speeches reveal about Romeo? Challenging 9-10.RL.3
What examples of dramatic irony do we encounter in this scene? Regular 9-10.RL.1
What theme best captures Prince’s condemnation of this series of events? Challenging 9-10.RL.2
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