Study Guide for 2012/13

The following is in-class study guide we have created as starters for the 2012/13 school year.

Act One

Prologue and Scene One
  1. In what city does this play take place?
  2. Why are Romeo and Juliet called “star-cross’d lovers”?
  3. Who is fighting at the beginning of the first scene?
  4. Who tries to break up the fighting?
  5. What decree does the Prince make after the street brawl?
  6. Benvolio and Montague describe the way Romeo has been acting. What do they have to say about him?
  7. Why is Romeo so sad?
  8. Who said the following? How do you know?
    1. What, art thou drawn among these heartless hinds? / Turn thee, Benvolio, look upon thy death.
    2. 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
    3. 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:
Scene Two
  1. Why does Capulet think it will be easy for Montague and him to keep the peace?
  2. How does Capulet respond to Paris’ proposal to marry Juliet?
  3. How do Romeo and Benvolio learn about the Capulet’s ball?
  4. What is the name of the woman Romeo loves?
  5. What do Romeo and Benvolio decide to do?
Scene Three
  1. How does Juliet feel about getting married?
  2. Following Juliet’s answer, what does Lady Capulet then tell Juliet?
  3. How old is Juliet? What is Lammastide? On what date does it come?
  4. Who says the following lines (this is from scenes 2 and 3)
    1. My will to her consent is but a part;
      An she agree, within her scope of choice
      Lies my consent and fair according voice.
    2. Well, think of marriage now; younger than you,
      Here in Verona, ladies of esteem,
      Are made already mothers
    3. No less! nay, bigger; women grow by men.
    4. 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.
Scene 5
  1. Where does this scene take place?
  2. Who is Romeo talking about in lines 46-55? Explain the irony in these lines.
  3. Why does Tybalt become so upset, and how does Capulet respond to his rage?
  4. Who said the following lines and why? Paraphrase them in the space provided
    1. “is she a Capulet? 0 dear account, my life is my foe’s debt.”
    2. “My only love sprung from my only hate Too early seen unknown and known too late.”

Act 2

Scene 2
  1. 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 ________________.
  2. How does Juliet “speak, yet . . . [say] nothing”?
  3. Explain Juliet’s soliloquy (lines 33-44).
  4. How is this an example of dramatic irony?
  5. 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.
  6. 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 ________ __________.
Scene 3
  1. What has friar Laurence been out gathering in his basket?
  2. How does this demonstration of Friar Laurence’s knowledge of herbs and foreshadow future events in the drama?
  3. Explain lines 21-22: “Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,/And vice sometime by action dignified”?
  4. Why does Romeo go to see Friar Laurence?
  5. How does Friar Laurence respond to Romeo’s request?
  6. 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?
  7. Why does Friar Laurence consent to Romeo’s request?

Act 3

Scene 2
  1. Explain the dramatic irony in the beginning of this scene.
  2. How does Juliet react to the nurse’s news?
  3. What does Juliet plan to do with the cords? (See lines 132-137)
  4. How does the nurse console her?
Scene 3
  1. How does Romeo react to the news of his banishment?
  2. What does the nurse give to Romeo?
Scene 4
  1. What does Capulet tell his wife to say to Juliet?
  2. How does the action in this scene complicate matters even further?
  3. How does Capulet’s attitude now differ from his attitude when Paris first came to ask for Juliet’s hand in marriage?
  4. Explain the dramatic irony in this scene.
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