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. What does Juliet discover about Romeo through the nurse at the end of Act 1?

2. Romeo dares death to ________________.

3. Romeo claims his love for Juliet is different from his love for Rosaline because ________________.

4. The girl Romeo loves "has Dian's wit," which means _______.

5. What is Juliet waiting for at the start of Act 2, Scene 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the play called "The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet"?

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

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

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

5. How does Lady Capulet appear to feel about Paris as a prospective groom for her daughter?

6. How is Romeo's love for Juliet different from his love for Rosaline, according to the Act 2 prologue?

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

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

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

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

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

Consider the contrasting motifs of light and dark, or blindness and sight in Romeo and Juliet. Write an essay in which you explore the symbolic meanings of any two contrasting motifs in the play, discussing its contribution to the play's theme or themes.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the cause and effect relationships between events in Romeo and Juliet, such as Tybalt's stabbing of Mercutio, which results in Romeo killing Tybalt. Write an essay in which you choose the three most significant cause and effect relationships in the play, and explain their significance to events and themes.

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