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. The friar claims he is uneasy about Paris' wedding to Juliet because _________________.

2. What is Romeo doing at the start of Act 3, Scene 3?

3. After Juliet takes the potion, the friar will do what?

4. Finally, at the end of Act 4, Scene 4, Capulet tells the nurse to do what?

5. Who discovers that Juliet appears to be dead?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What reasons does Friar Laurence give Romeo to be happy in Act 3, Scene 3?

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

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

6. How has Romeo's name "murdered" Juliet?

7. Why are the preparations for Juliet's wedding to Paris so rushed?

8. What consolation does the friar offer the Capulet family when Juliet is found dead?

9. How do Juliet's verbalized fears in Act 4, Scene 3 foreshadow upcoming events?

10. How will the potion free Juliet from the commitment to marry Paris?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Considering common character archetypes--villain, hero, fool, sidekick, etc.--choose any character from the play and write an essay in which you explore their role as an archetype. Use evidence from the text to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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