The following is in-class study guide we have created as starters for the 2012/13 school year.
Prologue and Scene One
- In what city does this play take place?
- Why are Romeo and Juliet called “star-cross’d lovers”?
- Who is fighting at the beginning of the first scene?
- Who tries to break up the fighting?
- What decree does the Prince make after the street brawl?
- Benvolio and Montague describe the way Romeo has been acting. What do they have to say about him?
- Why is Romeo so sad?
- Who said the following? How do you know?
- What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? / Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death.
- What, ho! you men, you beasts, / That quench the fire of your pernicious rage / With purple fountains issuing from your veins, / On pain of torture, from those bloody hands / Throw your mistemper’d weapons to the ground, / And hear the sentence
- Away from the light steals home my heavy son, / And private in his chamber pens himself, / Shuts up his windows, locks far daylight out / And makes himself an artificial night:
- Why does Capulet think it will be easy for Montague and him to keep the peace?
- How does Capulet respond to Paris’ proposal to marry Juliet?
- How do Romeo and Benvolio learn about the Capulet’s ball?
- What is the name of the woman Romeo loves?
- What do Romeo and Benvolio decide to do?
- How does Juliet feel about getting married?
- Following Juliet’s answer, what does Lady Capulet then tell Juliet?
- How old is Juliet? What is Lammastide? On what date does it come?
- Who says the following lines (this is from scenes 2 and 3)
- My will to her consent is but a part;
An she agree, within her scope of choice
Lies my consent and fair according voice.
- Well, think of marriage now; younger than you,
Here in Verona, ladies of esteem,
Are made already mothers
- No less! nay, bigger; women grow by men.
- I’ll look to like, if looking liking move:
But no more deep will I endart mine eye
Than your consent gives strength to make it fly.
- My will to her consent is but a part;
- Where does this scene take place?
- Who is Romeo talking about in lines 46-55? Explain the irony in these lines.
- Why does Tybalt become so upset, and how does Capulet respond to his rage?
- Who said the following lines and why? Paraphrase them in the space provided
- “is she a Capulet? 0 dear account, my life is my foe’s debt.”
- “My only love sprung from my only hate Too early seen unknown and known too late.”
- Fill in the blanks in this paraphrase of Romeo’s soliloquy (lines 1-32)Shh! What _____ is at the _____? ______ shines through the window like the ______ rises in the ______. Arise, beautiful sun (Juliet) and replace the _________ who is jealous because you, her maid (Diana – Virgin moon goddess) are ________ than she. Don’t be a ________ since the moon is _________ of you. Her innocence is sickly, and only a _______ would keep it.Oh! It’s Juliet! I wish she knew that I _________ her. She speaks. but says __________. How strange. She speaks with her eyes. I’ll ____________ her. No, I’d better not since she isn’t _________ ____ ____.Two of the ________ _______ in heaven have asked her _______ to twinkle for them while they take care of some __________. If her eyes were there, her bright ___________ would make the stars seem dull just as the _________ outshines a lamp. Her eyes would shine so ________________ that the _______ would think it were _______________ and begin to __________. O’ I wish that I could touch her _____________.She speaks. 0 speak again bright ________, for you are as glorious to this ____________, being over my __________ (up at the window) as is an angel of ______________ is to _______ who look up and see him when he walks on the ___________ and sails through the ________________.
- How does Juliet “speak, yet . . . [say] nothing”?
- Explain Juliet’s soliloquy (lines 33-44).
- How is this an example of dramatic irony?
- Fill in the blanks in this paraphrase of Juliet’s speech (lines 85-106).
You know it is ________ or you could see me __________ because you __________ me talking about you. If I followed proper etiquette, I’d _______ I ever said it. But who cares about etiquette! Do you ________ me? Don’t say yes unless you really ________ it. If you think that I am too ___________. 1’ll play _______ ____ _____ so you can _______ my affections. The truth is I am foolishly in ______ with you, and you might not take me ___________. But _________ me, and I’ll _________ myself to be more _______ than those who know how to play hard to ________. I would have been more __________ I must confess, but since you _________ me confess my __________ for you, there is no ___________ to be.
- Paraphrase what Juliet says in lines 116-24.
Even though I’m happy to be with _______, I have no joy of what’s happening ______. It is too ______ and ________. It’s like ___________, which stops existing as soon as you can ________ __________.
- What has friar Laurence been out gathering in his basket?
- How does this demonstration of Friar Laurence’s knowledge of herbs and foreshadow future events in the drama?
- Explain lines 21-22: “Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,/And vice sometime by action dignified”?
- Why does Romeo go to see Friar Laurence?
- How does Friar Laurence respond to Romeo’s request?
- What does Friar Laurence mean when he says to Romeo, “Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eyes?
- Why does Friar Laurence consent to Romeo’s request?
- Explain the dramatic irony in the beginning of this scene.
- How does Juliet react to the nurse’s news?
- What does Juliet plan to do with the cords? (See lines 132-137)
- How does the nurse console her?
- How does Romeo react to the news of his banishment?
- What does the nurse give to Romeo?
- What does Capulet tell his wife to say to Juliet?
- How does the action in this scene complicate matters even further?
- How does Capulet’s attitude now differ from his attitude when Paris first came to ask for Juliet’s hand in marriage?
- Explain the dramatic irony in this scene.