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 lines 186-196, Romeo compares love to all of the following EXCEPT what?

2. At the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2, Capulet and Paris discuss _________.

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

4. In Act 2, Scene 5, the nurse shares Romeo's plan to do what?

5. At the end of Act 2, Scene 5, the nurse finally reveals that Romeo will __________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Benvolio respond to Romeo's concerns about attending the Capulet's party?

2. What is the cause of the current feud between the two families, according to the Act 1 prologue?

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

4. Why is Juliet so impatient for the nurse's return in Act 2, Scene 5?

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

6. Why does Juliet wish Romeo had another name?

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

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

9. How does Juliet respond to Romeo's advances when they meet at the party?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Robert F. Kennedy said, "Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live." Considering this quote, explain how The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet teaches its readers wisdom. Identify the events that qualify Romeo and Juliet as a tragedy according to Kennedy's definition.

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

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.

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