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 the play's first scene, Benvolio advises Romeo to _________.

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

3. Where does the play take place?

4. What does the nurse say about the man who is lucky enough to marry Juliet?

5. Romeo claims he is in love as the play opens, but is unhappy because ______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Juliet wish Romeo had another name?

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

7. What story does the nurse tell about Juliet in Act 1, Scene 3?

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

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

10. What "satisfaction" does Romeo ask Juliet for?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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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