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 friar compares too-passionate love to what?

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

3. Lady Capulet compares Paris to what?

4. At the end of Act 2, Scene 1, what do Benvolio and Mercutio decide to do>

5. Why is there more "peril" in Juliet's eye than in her kinsmen's swords?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the "change" Friar Laurence claims to observe in Romeo?

2. Why is Prince Escalus angry with the Montagues and Capulets?

3. Why does Juliet wish Romeo had another name?

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Capulet discourage Tybalt from confronting Romeo?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters mature and change over the course of Romeo and Juliet. Choose any character and write an essay in which you track the character's development, noting the change between their initial behavior and any changes you observe over the course of the play.

Essay Topic 2

Consider the saying, "Those have most power to hurt us, that we love." After reviewing the many kinds of love in Romeo and Juliet, write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify the preceding statement using any relationship from the play to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

The nurse in Romeo and Juliet first serves as a protector and confidante for Juliet. Later, she loses Juliet's trust. Consider her actions toward Romeo and Juliet, and write an essay in which you argue that the nurse either lets Juliet down, and is therefore to blame for events that transpire in the play, or that she is simply acting according to her character as we have seen throughout the play.

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