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 prologue of Act 2 reveals that despite difficulty, __________________.

2. In Act 2, Scene 3, the friar believes Romeo never went to bed because ___________.

3. How long does the prologue predict the play will be?

4. At the beginning of Act 2, Scene 1, Benvolio asks Mercutio to do what?

5. How does the word dignity in line 1 of the prologue suggest both houses are alike?

Short Essay Questions

1. Benvolio suggests Romeo would be angry if he heard Mercutio talking about Rosaline, but how does the audience know this is not true?

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

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

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

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

6. What gesture does Sampson make toward Abram?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the cause and effect relationships between events in Romeo and Juliet, such as Tybalt's stabbing of Mercutio, which results in Romeo killing Tybalt. Write an essay in which you choose the three most significant cause and effect relationships in the play, and explain their significance to events and themes.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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