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. Lady Capulet compares Paris to what?

2. What does Romeo decide to do at the start of Act 2, Scene 1?

3. The nurse's statement, "Women grow by men," alludes to what?

4. When the friar says Romeo's love "could read by rote, that could not spell," what is he suggesting?

5. What irony faces Capulet's servant in Act 1, Scene 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What "satisfaction" does Romeo ask Juliet for?

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

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

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

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

8. What gesture does Sampson make toward Abram?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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