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. Juliet's soliloquy in Act 2, Scene 2 suggests Romeo's name alone ___________.

2. Benvolio and Mercutio believe Romeo is hiding in Act 2, Scene 1 because __________________.

3. In Act 1, Prologue, the chorus asks the audience to be what?

4. What young affection does the prologue of Act 2 refer to?

5. Romeo alludes to Cupid because ____________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why are Benvolio and Mercutio teasing Romeo in Act 2, Scene 1?

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

Review Mercutio's statements when he is injured in Act III, Scene 1. His statements, "A plague o' both your houses," and "They have made worm's meat of me," place the blame for his death at the Montagues' and Capulets' doors. Write an essay in which you either defend, refute, or qualify Mercutio's accusations in Act III, Scene 1.

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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