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

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

3. In lines 186-196, Romeo compares love to all of the following EXCEPT what?

4. The friar compares too-passionate love to what?

5. What does Juliet discover about Romeo through the nurse at the end of Act 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Paris try to prevent Romeo from entering the vault?

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

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

4. How do Romeo and Juliet describe their feelings for each other in Act 2, Scene 6?

5. Why does Mercutio fight Tybalt instead of Romeo?

6. Why does Juliet decide to lie to the nurse in Act 3, Scene 5?

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

8. What is ironic about Capulet's statement that the city is "bound" to the Friar?

9. Why does Capulet discourage Tybalt from confronting 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

Consider the language Shakespeare uses in the scene when Romeo and Juliet meet, the balcony scene, and their death scene. Write an essay in which you compare and/or contrast the images or symbols the characters use in each of these scenes.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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