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. The first action Romeo takes at the Capulet party is to do what?

2. Why must Romeo and Juliet must "steal" their love?

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

4. Romeo's last speech during Act 1, Scene 4 reveals what?

5. Who arrives to talk to Romeo in Act 2, Scene 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does Capulet discourage Tybalt from confronting Romeo?

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

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

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

8. How do Romeo and Benvolio find themselves invited to a party at the Capulet's?

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

10. How does Capulet respond to Paris' proposal to court Juliet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Reflect on Romeo's description of his love for Rosaline, then for Juliet. Write an essay in which you compare and/or contrast Romeo's behavior and dialogue in relation to his love for Rosaline and Juliet, arriving at a conclusion about the significance of his love for each girl in relation to the events of the play.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the many misunderstandings and ironies that surround the events in Romeo and Juliet. Write an essay in which you explain how these events contribute to the themes of the play. Use evidence from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Friar Laurence's role is integral to the events of Romeo and Juliet. Considering his actions, write an essay in which you determine which of Friar Laurence's actions cause the greatest effect on the outcome of the play.

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