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

2. When the nurse finally arrives at Juliet's room in Act 2, Scene 5, she claims ___________.

3. Civil blood has made civil hands unclean because ____________.

4. What is Juliet waiting for at the start of Act 2, Scene 5?

5. in Act 1, Scene, what does Juliet agrees to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Capulet discourage Tybalt from confronting Romeo?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Friar Laurence's role is integral to the events of Romeo and Juliet. Considering his actions, write an essay in which you determine which of Friar Laurence's actions cause the greatest effect on the outcome of the play.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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