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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. Why do the musicians refuse to play at the end of Act 4, Scene 5?
2. At the end of Act 4, Scene 2, Capulet plans to do what?
3. In Act 4, Scene 3, Juliet has a fleeting suspicion that ______________.
4. Why does the apothecary finally take Romeo's money?
5. What news does Balthasar give Romeo at the beginning of Act 5?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Juliet so upset that Romeo is banished?
2. Why are the preparations for Juliet's wedding to Paris so rushed?
3. What does Juliet plan to do if the potion does not work?
4. Why does the Prince banish Romeo instead of ordering his death?
5. What is Juliet's first speech about in Act 3, Scene 2?
6. What reasons does Friar Laurence give Romeo to be happy in Act 3, Scene 3?
7. What statement does Juliet make to Romeo in Act 3, Scene 5 that foreshadows both their deaths?
8. What consolation does the friar offer the Capulet family when Juliet is found dead?
9. What is Friar Laurence's plan for Juliet now that the letter has failed to reach Romeo?
10. Why does Juliet threaten to kill herself in Act 4, Scene 1?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In an essay, compare Romeo and Juliet to another couple in literature, either tragic or otherwise. What makes Romeo and Juliet extraordinary or typical as a romantic couple in literature? Use evidence from the text to support your argument.
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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