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. Who tries to discourage the battle in Act 1, Scene 1?

2. Who arrives to talk to Romeo in Act 2, Scene 4?

3. In Act 2, Scene 3, the friar believes Romeo never went to bed because ___________.

4. in Act 1, Scene, what does Juliet agrees to do?

5. In Act 2, Scene 3 Romeo confesses that he has come to see the friar because ___________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How, in Act 2, scene 3, does the friar promise to assist Romeo?

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

4. What are Sampson and Gregory saying about the Montagues as they approach the city square?

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

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

7. What, according to the Act 1 prologue, will comprise the traffic of the stage?

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

9. What is the "change" Friar Laurence claims to observe in Romeo?

10. What is the difference between Lady Capulet's behavior toward Juliet and the nurse's behavior?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In an essay, compare Romeo and Juliet to another couple in literature, either tragic or otherwise. What makes Romeo and Juliet extraordinary or typical as a romantic couple in literature? Use evidence from the text 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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