ROMEO AND JULIET

 

READING GUIDE

 

ACT 1

 

Scene i

 

  1. How does Tybalt feel about the quarrel between the Capulets and Montagues? (l. 69-74)
  2. What is the Prince’s attitude to the Capulets and Montagues?  Why? (l. 85-105)
  3. Describe Romeo’s behaviour (l. 121-145).  What does this tell you about his mood?
  4. Why is Romeo feeling bad? (l. 170, l. 211-219)
  5. What is Benvolio’s advice? (l. 228-230)

 

Scene ii

 

  1. How does Capulet feel about Paris’ proposal to marry Juliet? (l. 7-11).
  2. What is Paris’ counter argument and Capulet’s response to it? (l. 12)
  3. What does Benvolio suggest to Romeo to cure his love for Rosaline? (l. 80-85)

 

Scene iii

 

  1. What does the Nurse think of Paris? (l. 75-76)
  2. What is Lady Capulet’s attitude to Paris and his marriage proposal? (l. 80-94)
  3. What is Juliet’s response? (l. 97-99)

 

Scene iv

 

  1. What is Mercutio’s attitude to Romeo’s lovesickness? (l. 28-32)
  2. What is Romeo’s feeling about crashing the party? (l. 106-113)

 

Scene v

 

  1. Explain the images Romeo uses to describe Juliet when he first sees her. (l. 46-50)
  2. What is Tybalt’s reaction when he recognizes Romeo’s voice? (l. 56-61)
  3. How does Capulet react to Tybalt? (l. 68-76, 84-90)
  4. What does Romeo fell when he discovers Juliet is a Capulet? (l. 115)
  5. What is Juliet’s reaction when she finds out Romeo is a Montague? (l. 135-138)

 

ACT II

 

Scene i

 

  1. Define chorus.  What does the chorus tell us?
  2. Where does Romeo go?
  3. Why do his friends give up on him?
  4. Why does Mercutio continually ridicule people who are in love?

 

Scene ii

 

  1. Explain the line, “He jests at scars that never felt a wound.”
  2. This is the famous balcony scene.  What is your impression of Romeo?  Of Juliet?  Is Romeo sincere?  Is Juliet – or is she leading Romeo on?  Provide proof.
  3. To what does Juliet agree?  Upon what condition does she insist?
  4. Where does Romeo go?  Why?

 

Scene iii

 

  1. What does Friar Laurence agree to do?  Why?
  2. Why is Friar Laurence somewhat reluctant (at first) to carry out this plan?
  3. What is your opinion of Friar Laurence?  Why?

 

Scene iv

 

  1. How does Mercutio feel about Tybalt?  What does he plan to do about it?
  2. In what ways does the conversation between Romeo and Mercutio suggest that they have a very strong friendship?
  3. What do the Nurse and Romeo discuss?
  4. Do you think the Nurse is wise to act as an intermediary between Romeo and Juliet?  Why do you think she assumes such a role?

 

Scene v

 

  1. What creates tremendous tension in this scene?
  2. Is the Nurse enjoying the adventure of the young people’s plan to elope, or do you believe that she really wants them to be happy?  What do you think Juliet believes?  Why?
  3. At this point in the relationship between Romeo and Juliet, which of the two do you believe is really in control of the wedding plans?  What dimension does this add to the characters of both Romeo and Juliet?  If you could speak to Juliet, what would you say to her?
  4. What does the expression “love is blind” mean to you?

 

Scene vi

 

  1. Do you consider Friar Laurence’s caution to Romeo and observations on lovers in general to be valid under the circumstances?
  2. Why is the wedding surrounded by a sense of foreboding?  How is this conveyed to the audience?

 

 

ACT III

 

Scene i

 

  1. Why does Benvolio urge Mercutio to go indoors? (l. 1-4)
  2. What is Mercutio’s mood? (l.16-33. l. 47-50)
  3. How does Romeo respond to Tybalt’s insult? (l.62-66)
  4. How is Mercutio killed? (l. 74-91)
  5. How does Romeo blame himself for Mercutio’s death (l.114-117)
  6. What is Romeo’s reaction when Tybalt reappears?  (l.124-131)
  7. How does Lady Capulet distort what happened during the fight? (l.178-183)
  8. What punishment does the Prince decree for Romeo? (l.188-189)

 

Scene ii

 

  1. How does the Nurse confuse Juliet at first? (l.36-68)
  2. What is Juliet’s feeling about Romeo when she finds out he has killed Tybalt? (l.73-85)
  3. What does the Nurse decide to do to comfort Juliet? (l.138-141)

 

Scene iii

 

  1. What is Romeo’s attitude to his banishment? (l.17-22)
  2. What reasons does the Friar give Romeo for not being depressed? (l.135-140)
  3. What instructions doe the Friar give Romeo? (l.146-154)

 

Scene iv

 

  1. What plan does Capulet decide on? (l.20-21)

 

Scene v

 

  1. How do the speeches of Juliet and Romeo foreshadow what is to come? (l.54-59)
  2. What is Lady Capulet’s attitude to Juliet’s sorrow? (l.69-74)
  3. How does Lady Capulet plan to avenge the murder of Tybalt? (l.88-93)
  4. What does Capulet threaten if Juliet continues to refuse to marry Paris? (l.190-196)
  5. What advice does the Nurse give Juliet? (l.215-227)
  6. How does Juliet feel about the Nurse at the end of the act? (l.237-242)
  7. What are Juliet’s plans? (l.243-244)

 

 

ACT IV

 

Scene i

 

  1. What reason does Paris give the Friar for the hastily arranged marriage with Juliet? (l. 9-14)
  2. What does Juliet threaten to do if the Friar doesn’t help her? (l.61-67)
  3. How does Juliet show she is absolutely revolted at the thought of marrying Paris? (l.77-88)
  4. What plan does the Friar suggest to Juliet?

 

Scene ii

 

  1. What lie does Juliet tell her father? (l.17-22)
  2. In his joy and grief, what does Capulet decide to do? (l.33-47)

 

Scene iii

 

  1. How does Juliet show her nervousness? (l.15-17)
  2. What fears does Juliet express in her soliloquy? (l. 21-57)

 

Scene iv

 

  1. What does the Nurse suggest to Capulet and what is his response? (l.7-10)
  2. What observation does Lady Capulet make and what is Capulet’s response?

 

Scene v

 

  1. How do Capulet and Lady Capulet react to Juliet’s supposed death? (l. 38-40, 46-48, 62-64)

 

 

 

ACT V

 

Scene i

 

  1. How does Romeo’s soliloquy foreshadow what is to come? (l.1-11)
  2. What does Romeo mean when he says, “Then I defy you stars?”
  3. Why does the apothecary agree to sell Romeo the poison? (l.58-75)

 

Scene ii

 

  1. Why was Friar John unable to deliver Friar Laurence’s letter to Romeo? (l.5-12)
  2. What does Friar Laurence plan to do?

 

Scene iii

 

  1. Why does Paris attempt to apprehend Romeo? (l.49-57)
  2. What is Romeo’s reaction to Paris’ challenge? (l.59-67)
  3. Why is Romeo puzzled by Juliet’s appearance? (l.92-96)
  4. How do Capulet and Montague indicate that they will end the feud and be friends? (l.296-304)