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. Romeo dares death to ________________.

2. The grudge between feuding families is described as _______.

3. When will Paris will get his first chance to woo Juliet?

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

5. Capulet's initial objection to Paris courting his daughter is due to what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Sampson and Gregory saying about the Montagues as they approach the city square?

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

3. What is the difference between Lady Capulet's behavior toward Juliet and the nurse's behavior?

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

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

6. What gesture does Sampson make toward Abram?

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

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

9. What is the general meaning of Mercutio's speech about Queen Mab?

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 Juliet's soliloquy in Act II, Scene 2, in which she asks the question, "What's in a name?" Write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify Juliet's idea that a name cannot define a person, using evidence from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is set in Verona, Italy. Consider this setting as the background for the events of the play, and write an essay in which you argue for or against Verona, Italy, as a catalyst for events of the play. Be sure to use evidence from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the female characters in Romeo and Juliet, and their roles in the events of the play. Write an essay in which you discuss any female character's significance to the events of the text.

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