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. in Act 1, Scene, what does Juliet agrees to do?

3. Lady Capulet compares Paris to what?

4. In lines 11 and 12, Romeo says, "Give me a torch, I am not for this ambling./Being but heavy, I will bear the light." This is an example of what?

5. The nurse's statement, "Women grow by men," alludes to what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What consolation does the friar offer the Capulet family when Juliet is found dead?

3. What is ironic about Capulet's statement that the city is "bound" to the Friar?

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

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

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

7. In Act 4, Scene 2, what language reveals Capulet's anger toward his daughter before she apologizes to him?

8. Why is Capulet so happy in Act 4, Scene 4?

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

10. What is Juliet's first speech about in Act 3, Scene 2?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Consider Juliet's soliloquy in Act II, Scene 2, in which she asks the question, "What's in a name?" Write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify Juliet's idea that a name cannot define a person, using evidence from the text to support your argument.

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

Romeo and Juliet are often idealized as the ultimate romantic young couple. After reading the play, write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify the notion that Romeo and Juliet are the ultimate teenage couple. Be sure to use evidence from the text to support your claim.

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