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 does Montague ask for an account of the brawl in Act 1, Scene 1?

2. When will Paris will get his first chance to woo Juliet?

3. The Capulet servant approaches Romeo in Act 1, Scene 2 to ask him what?

4. In Act 1, Scene 3, Lady Capulet has summons Juliet to discuss what?

5. The feud between the Capulets and Montagues has caused ______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What limitations do Romeo and Juliet face as lovers?

2. Why does Juliet decide to lie to the nurse in Act 3, Scene 5?

3. What is Juliet's first speech about in Act 3, Scene 2?

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

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

6. Why does Romeo believe he can get the apothecary to sell him poison, though it is illegal?

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

8. What does Juliet plan to do if the potion does not work?

9. Why is Juliet so upset that Romeo is banished?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Consider the figures available as guides for Romeo and Juliet, such as the nurse, the friar, Capulet, Montague, and the prince. Write an essay in which you identify any character as the most reliable and responsible guide for Romeo and Juliet. Be sure to use evidence from the text to support your answer.

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

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.

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