Romeo and Juliet Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Act 2, Scene 5, the nurse says that Juliet's choice in Romeo is ___________.

2. Why does Lady Capulet not feel Juliet is too young to get married?

3. What does the nurse say about the man who is lucky enough to marry Juliet?

4. At the end of Act 1, Scene 2, Romeo agrees to do what?

5. Romeo and Juliet are ______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Romeo ask Mercutio's pardon in Act 2, Scene 4?

2. What gesture does Sampson make toward Abram?

3. How do Romeo and Juliet describe their feelings for each other in Act 2, Scene 6?

4. Why does Benvolio attempt to convince Romeo to pursue other loves?

5. Why is the play called "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet"?

6. How are Romeo and Juliet's families alike, and why might this be important?

7. Why is Mercutio discussing Tybalt's character in Act 2, Scene 4?

8. Why is the friar concerned about the intensity of Romeo and Juliet's love for one another?

9. What "satisfaction" does Romeo ask Juliet for?

10. Why is Prince Escalus angry with the Montagues and Capulets?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the saying, "Those have most power to hurt us, that we love." After reviewing the many kinds of love in Romeo and Juliet, write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify the preceding statement using any relationship from the play to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Review Mercutio's statements when he is injured in Act III, Scene 1. His statements, "A plague o' both your houses," and "They have made worm's meat of me," place the blame for his death at the Montagues' and Capulets' doors. Write an essay in which you either defend, refute, or qualify Mercutio's accusations in Act III, Scene 1.

Essay Topic 3

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, Italy. Consider this setting as the background for the events of the play, and write an essay in which you argue for or against Verona, Italy, as a catalyst for events of the play. Be sure to use evidence from the text to support your argument.

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