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 Act 2, Scene 5, the nurse says that Juliet's choice in Romeo is ___________.

2. Lady Capulet compares Paris to what?

3. The grudge between feuding families is described as _______.

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Mercutio discussing Tybalt's character in Act 2, Scene 4?

3. What freedom does Capulet seem to be offering Juliet in her choices for marriage?

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does the nurse respond to Lady Capulet's questions about marriage?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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