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 Romeo's opening speech in Act 2, Scene 2, he refers to Juliet as __________.

2. Romeo's last speech during Act 1, Scene 4 reveals what?

3. Romeo dares death to ________________.

4. Why does Juliet tells Romeo not to swear his love by the moon?

5. In lines 11 and 12, Romeo says, "Give me a torch, I am not for this ambling./Being but heavy, I will bear the light." This is an example of what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Romeo's love for Juliet different from his love for Rosaline, according to the Act 2 prologue?

2. Why does the nurse prolong Juliet's anxiety in Act 2, Scene 5?

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

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

5. How does Capulet respond to Paris' proposal to court Juliet?

6. Benvolio suggests Romeo would be angry if he heard Mercutio talking about Rosaline, but how does the audience know this is not true?

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

8. Why are Benvolio and Mercutio teasing Romeo in Act 2, Scene 1?

9. What freedom does Capulet seem to be offering Juliet in her choices for marriage?

10. Why does Capulet discourage Tybalt from confronting Romeo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the cause and effect relationships between events in Romeo and Juliet, such as Tybalt's stabbing of Mercutio, which results in Romeo killing Tybalt. Write an essay in which you choose the three most significant cause and effect relationships in the play, and explain their significance to events and themes.

Essay Topic 2

Considering common character archetypes--villain, hero, fool, sidekick, etc.--choose any character from the play and write an essay in which you explore their role as an archetype. Use evidence from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay in which you evaluate Shakespeare's use of simile, metaphor, oxymoron, symbolism, allusion, or other literary devices. For the modern reader, do these devices contribute to him ideas or confuse them? Use specific examples from the text to support your argument.

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