Romeo and Juliet All Study Guide Questions and Answers

Prologue: In what city does this play take place?
Verona, Italy

Prologue: Why are Romeo and Juliet called “Star-cross’d lovers” ?
They are not destined to be together

Act 1 scene 1: Who is fighting at the beginning of the first scene?
servants of the Capulets and the Montagues

Act 1 scene 1: Who tries to break up the fighting?

Act 1 scene 1: What threat does the Prince make to Lord Montague and Lord Capulet?
That the next person to start a public brawl will be put to death

Act 1 scene 1: Benolio and Montaguue describe the way Romeo has been acting.

What do they say about him

Gloomy, cries a lot, not talking, seclusive

Act 1 scene 1: Why is Romeo so sad?
he has unrequited love

Act 1 scene 1: What is Benvolio’s advice to Romeo?
To move and find a new girl

Act 1 scene 2: Why does Capulet think it will be easy for Montague and him to keep the peace?
Because they are both old and tired

Act 1 scene 2: What does Paris ask of Capulet?
Juliet’s hand in marriage

Act 1 scene 2: What is Capulet’s first answer?
No, she is too young

Act 1 scene 2: A bit later Capulet appears to change his mind about Paris’s question.

What does he tell Paris?

Paris must win her heart and Juliet must agree. Then he will marry them

Act 1 scene 2: What is the name of the woman Romeo loves?

Act 1 scene 2: Where do Romeo and Benvolio decide to go?
Go to the party

Act 1 scene 3: When Lady Capulet asks Juliet how she feels about the marriage, what is Juliets answer?
Its an honor she dreams not of

Act 1 scene 3: Following Juliets answer, what does the Lady Capulet then tell Juliet?
That many kids get married and have kids at her age, even Lady Capulet, and she is to go to the party and look at Paris

Act 1 Scene 4: What does Mercutio say about dreams?
That dreams mean nothing

Act 1 scene 5: What does Romeo think of Juliet when he firsts sees her?
That he “has not seen true beauty till this night”

Act 1 scene 5: When Tybalt is ready to seize Romeo and throw him out of the party, what does Capulet say to Romeo?
to let him be for Verona speaks good of him

Act 1 scene 5: Explain what the conversation is about between Romeo and Juliet
Talking about kissing and pilgrams hands

Act 1 scene 5: How does Romeo find out about Juliets name?
He asks the Nurse and she tells him

Act 1 scene 5: How does Juliet find out about Romeo’s last name?
The nurse finds it out for her

Act 2 scene 1: What is Romeo’s new problem?
He loves a Capulet

Act 2 scene 2: In lines 109-111, Juliet asks Romeo not to swear by the moon…why is she afraid of this?
The moon constantly changes and she doesn’t want Romeos feelings to change

Act 2 scene 2: What is the only way that Juliet will give herself to Romeo
If they get married

Act 2 scene 3: What does Romeo ask Friar Lawrence to do?
To marry them (Romeo and Juliet)

Act 2 scene 3: Why does Friar agree to marry the two young lovers?
It may stop their families feuds

Act 2 scene 4: Why has the nurse come to the square?
To find out about the wedding arrangements

Act 2 scene 4: What information does Romeo give the Nurse?
Where and when the wedding will be

Act 2 scene 4: Mercutio teases the Nurse, and she is outraged.

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What does Romeo say about Mercutio to calm her down?

That he likes to hear himself talk

Act 2 scene 4: What does Romeo send to Juliet
Their wedding plans

Act 2 scene 5: What is Juliet’s mood as she waits for the Nurse’s return?
She is anxious

Act 2 scene 6: A Romeo and Friar Lawrence await Juliet, what does the Friar warn Romeo about
Love Moderately

Act 3 scene 1: Who accosts (approach/address) Benvolio and Mercutio and why?
Tybalt and he is looking for Romeo

Act 3 scene 1: How does Tybalt provoke a fight?
He taunts Romeo and calls him out

Act 3 scene 1: When Romeo appears, why does he refuse to accept Tybalt’s duel?
Because Tybalt is now his family and he does not want to hurt Juliet

Act 3 scene 1: Why does Romeo’s reply make Tybalt even more upset?
Because he feels as if Romeo is mocking him

Act 3 scene 1: Who ends up actually starting the fight?

Act 3 scene 1: Who tries to stop the fight? What happens from this intervention?
Romeo; Mercutio gets stabbed in the heart under Romeo’s arm

Act 3 scene 1: Who does Mercutio say is to be blamed for him getting stabbed?

Act 3 scene 1: What curse does Mercutio call out before he dies?
“A plague on both your houses”

Act 3 scene 1: Benvolio helps Mercutio into a nearby house. When he returns what does he tell Romeo
Mercutio is dead

Act 3 scene 1: What does Romeo do after he is told of Mercutio’s fate
He kills Tybalt

Act 3 scene 1: Who punishes Romeo and what is his fate?
The Prince; and Romeo is banished from Verona. If he is found in Verona he is to be killed on the spot

Act 3 scene 1: Why does the Prince have mercy upon Romeo?
Because enough blood and tears have been shed on that day

Act 3 scene 2: Where is Juliet and what is she waiting for?
Her bedroom. The Nurse to return with word of Romeo (he is supposed to come into her bedroom that night)

Act 3 scene 2: When the Nurse arrives what does she inform Juliet of?
Tybalts death and Romeo’s banishment

Act 3 scene 2: At the beginning of this scene what is the dramatic irony? (When the Nurse says there was a death and a banishment)
Juliet thinks Romeo is dead and Tybalt is banished when it is the other way around

Act 3 scene 2: What does Juliet say that foreshadows her own death? (after thinking that Romeo was dead but finds out that she is mistaken)
She would rather die than have Romeo killed

Act 3 scene 2: Why does Juliet ask the Nurse to pull up the ladder at this time? (after hearing of Romeo’s banishment)
Since Romeo is banished he cannot come to her room anymore

Act 3 scene 2: What orders does Juliet give to the Nurse?
Got to Romeo and give him her ring as a sign that she still loves him

Act 3 scene 3: Where is Romeo (after he kills Tybalt)
Friar Lawrence’s cell

Act 3 scene 3: What does the Friar mean by, “Thous art wedded to calamity” ?
Disaster follows Romeo and he is bound to it

Act 3 scene 3: What is Romeo’s reaction to being banished? Is he relieved?
He is in despair. He feels that death is better than being banished for he cannot live without Juliet

Act 3 scene 3: What is the Friar’s reaction to Romeo when he says that death is better than banishment?
He is angered because he feels that Romeo should be happy that mercy was given to him and he can still keep his life

Act 3 scene 3: Why does the Friar scold Romeo?
Because he should be grateful for his life was spared

Act 3 scene 3: What is the worst part of Romeo’s punishment for Romeo?
He can no longer see or be with Juliet

Act 3 scene 3: What is Romeo’s reaction to the knock at the door (when he is in the Friar’s cell and is weeping about his punishment)
He doesn’t care who sees him

Who shows up in the Friars cell
The Nurse

Act 3 scene 3: According to the Nurse what is both Romeo and Juliet doing at the moment?
They are both crying

Act 3 scene 3: What does Romeo try to do as he wails over his situation?
He picks up the dagger and tries to kill himself

Act 3 scene 3: As Romeo is in despair (and after he tries to kill himself) what does the Nurse give Romeo and what is its significance?
She gives him Juliet’s wedding ring. This signifies that she still loves and wants to be with Romeo

Act 3 scene 3: How does Romeo react to Juliet’s message from the Nurse?
He feels relieve that Juliet still wants to be with him

Act 3 scene 3: What plan does the Friar propose to Romeo?
Go console Juliet. Escape to Mantua, and wait for more news on a plan

Act 3 scene 4: What is Paris discussing with Capulet and Lady Capulet?
His proposal for Juliet’s hand in marriage

Act 3 scene 3: Does Capulet agree? (to let Paris have Juliet’s hand in marriage)
Yes, for it might ease Tybalt’s passing

Act 3 scene 4: Does Lord Capulet think Juliet will agree?

Act 3 scene 4: What is the dramatic irony in this scene? (when Paris and the Capulet’s are discussing Juliets marriage)
Romeo and Juliet are sleeping together upstairs while Paris and the Capulet’s are discussing Juliets marriage downstairs

Act 3 scene 5: Where are Romeo and Juliet and what are they discussing when the scene begins?
They are in Juliet’s bedroom and if the bird outside is a lark or a nightingale ( lark-morning; Nightingale-night)

Act 3 scene 5: Why does Juliet insist that the bird outside is a nightingale,when it is actually near daybreak?
She doesn’t want Romeo to leave

Act 3 scene 5: As the Nurse enters, what news does she bring?
That Juliet’s mother is coming to her room

Act 3 scene 5: What does Lady Capulet tell Juliet about revenge for Tybalts death?
That she will hire a man in Mantua to poison Romeo while he is there

Act 3 scene 5: What is Juliet’s response to her mother saying that she is to be married to Paris?
That she’d rather marry Romeo, who her mother hates, than marry Paris

Act 3 scene 5: Does Lady Capulet sympathize with Juliet? What does she tell Juliet?
No and she tells her that shes washed her hands from the matter (meaning she wants nor has anything to do with this matter)

Act 3 scene 5: Who does Juliet decide to go to for help? (two times different people)
At first she goes to the Nurse but when she doesn’t here the response she wants she goes to the Friar

Act 3 scene 5: What is the Nurse’s advice to Juliet?
To marry Paris for hes a better catch and since Romeo is banished hes as good as dead

Act 3 scene 5: Why does Lord Capulet believe that Juliet refuses to marry Paris
He thinks she’s ungrateful

Act 3 scene 5: What will be Juliet’s punishment if she does not marry Paris
She will be disowned and left on the streets to die

Act 3 scene 5: Where is Juliet going at the end of act 3 and why? (after hearing Nurse’s advice)
Friar Lawrence’s cell and to ask for advice

Act 3 scene 5: Where does Juliet tell everyone she is going?

Act 4 scene 1: What is Paris doing in the Friar’s cell
Paris is asking the Friar about his future marriage with Juliet

Act 4 scene 1: What explanation does Paris give for the hurried marriage plans?
He wants Juliet to forget about her grief over Tybalt’s death

Act 4 scene 1: Who arrives at the Friar’s cell? (when Paris and Friar Lawrence are talking about Juliet’s and Paris’s marriage)

Act 4 scene 1: What is the Friars plan for Romeo and Juliet?
They will fake Julet’s death by giving her a potion that puts her in the state of “death” which she will take the night before her wedding and they will send a letter to Romeo about their plan. After they bury her in her families grave site Romeo will come and get her then they will escape together

Act 4 scene 1: What is the Friar’s role in the plan?
He will have word sent to Romeo, he will prepare the potion for Juliet to take, and then he will be a priest at the funeral

Act 4 scene 1: What is Juliet holding in her hand, and what does she propose to do?
She is holding a dagger and says that if the potion doesn’t work she will stab herself with the dagger

Act 4 scene 2: When Juliet returns home, what is happening?
The wedding is being prepared for

Act 4 scene 2: What does Juliet tell her Father
That she apologizes for her behavior and will marry Paris

Act 4 scene 2: How does Capulet respond to Juliet saying she will happily marry Paris?
He moves the wedding to a closer date

Act 4 scene 2: How does Capulet’s response put a kink in Friar Lawrence’s plan?
By moving the time of the wedding to a closer date there is less time to get word to Romeo about their plan

Act 4 scene 3: Does Juliet take the Nurse into her confidence? why or why not?
No, Juliet no longer trusts the Nurse and she might give away the plan

Act 4 scene 3: What thoughts run through Juliets mind as she is about to take the potion? (4 things)
What if it doesn’t work. What is the potion actually kills her. What is she wakes up to early and suffocates. What is the dead spirits of her ancestors haunt her and drive her insane as she is waiting for Romeo

Act 4 scene 3: What give Juliet the strength to take the potion?
The thought of seeing and being with Romeo again

Act 4 scene 3: Who does Juliet toast to as she is about to take the poison?

Act 4 scene 5: After Juliet’s death why does the Friar suggest that “nature’s tears are reason’s for merriment? Is he suggesting that the Capulets should be happy? and why?
Yes, he says they should be happy for she is in heaven now

Act 5 scene 1: What news does Romeo’s servant Balthazar, who arrives from Verona, tell him?
That Juliet is dead

Act 5 scene 1: What does the reader know that Balthazar does not?
That Juliet’s death was all faked and that she is actually alive

Act 5 scene 1: What letter has Romeo been waiting for?
The letter from Friar Lawrence telling Romeo more about the plan for him and Juliet

Act 5 scene1: Romeo plans to return to Verona; where does he stop and what does he buy before leaving?
He stops at an apothecary and buys a deadly poison

Act 5 scene 1: (When Romeo take a hold of the poison) Why does Romeo say that the vile (poison) is NOT a poison, but a liquid that will GIVE him life
Because when he dies it will give him an eternal life with Juliet

Act 5 scene 2: Where does Friar Lawrence quickly hurry?
To the Capulets monument where Juliet lies

Act 5 scene 2: Why is it essential that Friar Lawrence find Juliet before Romeo does?
Because Romeo may be to rash and kill himself

Act 5 scene 3: Where does this scene take place? (where Romeo and Paris encounter each other)
Juliets grave site; Capulet’s monument

Act 5 scene 3: Who arrives at the tomb while the others are mourning?

Act 5 scene 3: What has Paris come to do?
Decorate the Capulet monument with flowers

Act 5 scene 3: How does Romeo say upon seeing Paris?
Romeo says he must die and that is why he has come

Act 5 scene 3: What does Paris think that Romeo is trying to do?
abuse the body of Juliet

Act 5 scene 3: What happens to Paris?
He dies from Romeo’s hand

Act 5 scene 3: What does Paris request of Romeo before he dies?
To be laid in Juliets grave

Act 5 scene 3: Why does Romeo really have to hurry now?
The page sees Romeo kill Paris and goes to tell the watchman

Act 5 scene 3: When Romeo finally sees Juliet lying there what does her notice about her?
That she doesn’t really look dead and that her cheeks and lips are turning red

Act 5 scene 3: What does Romeo do right before he takes the poison?
He kisses Juliet

Act 5 scene 3: What does Romeo do after he kisses Juliet? (as he is beside Juliet)
He takes the poison

Act 5 scene 3: When does Juliet wake up?
After Romeo dies

Act 5 scene 3: When the Friar enters and Juliet is awake what is his advice to her?
For her to become a nun

Act 5 scene 3: What was the flaw that destroyed Romeo?

Act 5 scene 3: What are the two ways Juliet attempts to kill herself ?
By kissing Romeo she hoped to intake some of the poison as well, but that failed. She then took her dagger and stabbed herself.

Act 5 scene 3: Does the Friar accept responsibility for his role in this tragedy?
No, he tries to put some of the blame on the Nurse

Act 5 scene 3: What do Capulet and Monatgue agree to do in Romeo and Juliet’s honor?
Capulet will gove Montague the wedding rights (land,money, etc.) and Montague will build a gold statue made in Juliet’s image

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