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. Why is Romeo no longer interested in Rosaline in Act 2?

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

3. Why is Romeo down as the men travel to the Capulet party?

4. The nurse's dialogue reveals Juliet's age to be how old?

5. Lady Capulet compares Paris to what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Juliet wish Romeo had another name?

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

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

4. What is the difference between Lady Capulet's behavior toward Juliet and the nurse's behavior?

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

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

7. How does Juliet respond to Romeo's advances when they meet at the party?

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

9. How, in Act 2, scene 3, does the friar promise to assist Romeo?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Robert F. Kennedy said, "Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live." Considering this quote, explain how The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet teaches its readers wisdom. Identify the events that qualify Romeo and Juliet as a tragedy according to Kennedy's definition.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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