Romeo and Juliet Test | Final 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. Before he can enter the tomb, Romeo encounters who?

2. The friar suggests Juliet consent to the marriage with Paris in order to ________________.

3. Why is the apothecary hesitant to sell Romeo poison?

4. The marriage of Paris and Juliet has been planned for what day?

5. Juliet will not speak badly about Romeo even after he kills Tybalt because _________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. In Act 4, Scene 2, what language reveals Capulet's anger toward his daughter before she apologizes to him?

2. Why does Friar Laurence ask for an "iron crow" when he learns that Romeo did not get his letter?

3. Why does Juliet threaten to kill herself in Act 4, Scene 1?

4. Why does Capulet plan Juliet's wedding even though she has not professed a love for Paris yet?

5. Why is Juliet so upset that Romeo is banished?

6. What does Juliet plan to do if the potion does not work?

7. What are Capulet's final instructions for the wedding day?

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

9. What statement does Juliet make to Romeo in Act 3, Scene 5 that foreshadows both their deaths?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Review Mercutio's statements when he is injured in Act III, Scene 1. His statements, "A plague o' both your houses," and "They have made worm's meat of me," place the blame for his death at the Montagues' and Capulets' doors. Write an essay in which you either defend, refute, or qualify Mercutio's accusations in Act III, Scene 1.

Essay Topic 2

Romeo and Juliet are often idealized as the ultimate romantic young couple. After reading the play, write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify the notion that Romeo and Juliet are the ultimate teenage couple. Be sure to use evidence from the text to support your claim.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the contrasting motifs of light and dark, or blindness and sight in Romeo and Juliet. Write an essay in which you explore the symbolic meanings of any two contrasting motifs in the play, discussing its contribution to the play's theme or themes.

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