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. Lady Capulet compares Paris to what?

2. The prologue of Act 2 reveals that despite difficulty, __________________.

3. In Act 1, Scene 4, Romeo describes love as ________.

4. What will be Juliet's excuse for leaving the house to go to church that afternoon?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Capulet discourage Tybalt from confronting Romeo?

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

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

4. What is the general meaning of Mercutio's speech about Queen Mab?

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

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

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

8. What is Benvolio trying to do as the fight breaks out in the square?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the language Shakespeare uses in the scene when Romeo and Juliet meet, the balcony scene, and their death scene. Write an essay in which you compare and/or contrast the images or symbols the characters use in each of these scenes.

Essay Topic 2

Romeo and Juliet are often idealized as the ultimate romantic young couple. After reading the play, write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify the notion that Romeo and Juliet are the ultimate teenage couple. Be sure to use evidence from the text to support your claim.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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