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 "extremities" do Romeo and Juliet overcome in their love for one another?

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

3. Romeo and Juliet's love is described as star-crossed, which means ____________.

4. The chorus promises that anything left out of the prologue will be __________.

5. Romeo claims he does not know what name he should identify himself by because _______________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does Juliet wish Romeo had another name?

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

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

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

Consider the many misunderstandings and ironies that surround the events in Romeo and Juliet. Write an essay in which you explain how these events contribute to the themes of the play. Use evidence from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Consider Benvolio's role as peacemaker in the play. Write an essay in which you argue for Benvolio's effectiveness as a character. Consider whether or not he is effective as peacemaker, and what purpose he might serve in the play.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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