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 behavior toward her mother could be described as __________.

2. At the beginning of the play, Montague and Lady Montague are concerned about Romeo because _________.

3. According to the Prologue of Act 2, what lends the couple power?

4. Who advises Romeo to "beat love down"?

5. In Act 1, Scene 2, Romeo compares his thwarted love for Rosaline to ______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In what way has Romeo sold the apothecary "poison"?

4. Why does Friar Laurence ask for an "iron crow" when he learns that Romeo did not get his letter?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Why does the nurse prolong Juliet's anxiety in Act 2, Scene 5?

Essay 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

Reflect on Romeo's description of his love for Rosaline, then for Juliet. Write an essay in which you compare and/or contrast Romeo's behavior and dialogue in relation to his love for Rosaline and Juliet, arriving at a conclusion about the significance of his love for each girl in relation to the events of the play.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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