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. What young affection does the prologue of Act 2 refer to?

2. Which friend of Romeo's is on Capulet's list of invited guests?

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

4. Who does Montague ask for an account of the brawl in Act 1, Scene 1?

5. When Tybalt discovers Romeo's presence at the Capulet party, he does what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Romeo ask Mercutio's pardon in Act 2, Scene 4?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Review Mercutio's statements when he is injured in Act III, Scene 1. His statements, "A plague o' both your houses," and "They have made worm's meat of me," place the blame for his death at the Montagues' and Capulets' doors. Write an essay in which you either defend, refute, or qualify Mercutio's accusations in Act III, Scene 1.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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