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. When the nurse finally arrives at Juliet's room in Act 2, Scene 5, she claims ___________.

2. Romeo arranges to send a man to the nurse with _______________.

3. Romeo claims he does not know what name he should identify himself by because _______________.

4. Benvolio suggests Romeo attend the Capulet party in order to ______________.

5. Romeo claims his love for Juliet is different from his love for Rosaline because ________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Romeo's love for Juliet different from his love for Rosaline, according to the Act 2 prologue?

3. What gesture does Sampson make toward Abram?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Write an essay in which you evaluate Shakespeare's use of simile, metaphor, oxymoron, symbolism, allusion, or other literary devices. For the modern reader, do these devices contribute to him ideas or confuse them? Use specific examples from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Considering common character archetypes--villain, hero, fool, sidekick, etc.--choose any character from the play and write an essay in which you explore their role as an archetype. Use evidence from the text to support your argument.

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