Romeo and Juliet Study Guide
p. 1037 1. What is the meaning of the prologue? What are the major sequences in the
plot it outlines?
p. 1038 2. Why does Shakespeare begin the play with a fight between the Capulet and
p. 1040-1041 3. What do we learn of Benvolio’s character from his first entry on the
4. Who is Escalus and what does he promise the Montagues and Capulets?
p. 1043 5. What is Romeo’s mood and what has caused it?
6. What do Romeo’s first few lines tell us about his youth and character?
p. 1044 7. Why will the woman Romeo loves not have him?
p. 1046 8. Explain “O, teach me how I may forget to think!”
9. What do you think Shakespeare’s purpose was in having the Capulets plan a
10. Why do Benvolio and Romeo decide to go to the party?
p. 1049 11. What does the nurse’s conversation reveal about her character?
p. 1052 12. Why does Juliet agree to go to the party?
13. What is a pun? List those in scene 4.
p. 1054 14. Explain Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech. What does it tell about his character?
p. 1057 15. Explain Romeo’s misgivings concerning what is about to happen.
p. 1059 16. How does Romeo’s reaction to Juliet the first time he sees her reveal his
17. Why does Tybalt wish to fight Romeo? What does he promise?
18. How would you answer Romeo’s question “did my heart live till now?”
p. 1060 19. Romeo and Juliet’s first conversation is a sonnet. Explain the religious
imagery in this sonnet.
20. What conflicts are set in motion by the end of Act I?
p. 1067 1. Explain “He jests at scars that never felt a wound.”
2. Explain the situation in which Romeo and Juliet play their major love scene.
3. How do Romeo and Juliet plan to overcome the feud that is going on between
p. 1070 4. Why does Juliet not want Romeo to swear his love, especially not by the
5. Who seems to be the wiser- Romeo or Juliet?
p. 1072 6. As the balcony scene ends, what are Romeo and Juliet’s plans?
7. How does Juliet compare her love with falconry?
8. Why does Romeo compare his love with school?
p. 1073 9. Why does Romeo go to his “Ghostly father’s cell”?
10. Explain Friar Laurence’s description of the sunrise.
11. How does his discussion of herbs explain: “For naught so vile that on the earth
doth live, But to the earth some special good doth give.”
p. 1075 12. What does Romeo want Friar Laurence to do for him and Juliet?
13. Explain “Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts but in their
14. What does Friar Laurence see in Romeo’s character?
p. 1076 15. Explain “Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”
p. 1077 16. Mercutio and Benvolio are very upset about a letter sent by Tybalt. Why does
Tybalt make threats?
17. What do they expect Romeo to do ?
p. 1080 18. The nurse reveals more character when she speaks to Romeo. What does she
reveal about herself?
p. 1082 19. How do Romeo and Juliet plan to get married?
p. 1085 20. Both scenes 4 and 5 are an example of comic relief. What are they designed
p. 1085 21. How are Romeo’s words an example of foreshadowing?
p. 1086 22. Of what does Friar Laurence try to warn him?
23. What actions have been hastily done so far in the play?
p. 1088 1. Act III begins with a scene similar to Act I. What can you infer from the
similarity of the two scenes?
2. What does the conversation between Benvolio and Mercutio reveal about their
p. 1090 3. In reality, who is responsible for the fight?
4. Why does Romeo refuse to fight? What change do yo use in his character?
p. 1091 5. Explain “A plague on both your houses.”
6. How does mercutio’s death scene reveal character?
p. 1092 7. Explain the sequence of events after Mercutio’s deth.
p. 1096 8. The nurse constantly babbles and gets to ohastily involved. Explain what she
does to Juliet concerning Tybalt’s death.
9. Explain Juliet’s thinking concerning Tybalt’s death. It passes through two
stages and reveals her growing maturity.
p. 1098 10. Explain the significance of banishment to Elizabethans.
11. How does Romeo’s reaction concerning banishment reveal his character? Is
he acting true to form? How is it different from Juliet’s reaction to a problem?
p. 1099 12. Explain “Afflictino is enamored of thy parts and thou are wedded to
13. How does Friar Laurence finally reason with Romeo to get him out of his
p. 1102 14. What does Friar Laurence promise to do for Romeo?
p. 1104 15. What is the irony in this quote- “I think she will be ruled in all respects by
16. What plans are made in this scene?
17. What irony is present in the scene? (Scene 4)
18. What threat does Lord Capulet make against Juliet if she refuses to marry
p. 1111 19. What advice does the nurse give to Juliet?
p. 1112 20. On what note of foreboding does Act III end?
p. 1114 1. When is Juliet to marry Paris?
2. Why has Paris not spoken of love to Juliet?
3. How does Juliet treat Paris when they meet?
p. 1116 4. What will Juliet do before she will marry Paris? Are her promises childish?
p. 1117 5. What is the desperate remedy the friar proposes?
6. What does the friar give Juliet?
7. What instruction does the friar give Juliet? What effect will the friar’s
p. 1118 8. What does the friar plan to send to Romeo?
p. 1119 9. How will the servant test Capulet’s cooks?
10. How does Juliet’s outward attitude for her father change?
p. 1120 11. How does Capulet change the wedding plans?
12. What does Juliet suggest the nurse do during the night?
p. 1122 13. Why does Juliet suspect the friar might give her poison?
14. Why is Juliet afraid she will wake too early? List some of the fearful thoughts
Juliet has before she becomes unconscious.
15. Who is already in the tomb where she will be taken?
16. Who is the “County:?
p. 1123 17. Who is sent to waken Juliet? What day is dawning as they discover Juliet’s
p. 1126 18. Who does Capulet say is his son-in-law?
19. How does Friar Laurence comfort the Capulets?
p. 1127 20. What arrangements does Capulet make for Juliet’s funeral?
p. 1126 21. What does Capulet compare the “dead” Juliet to?
22. Why does Capulet say, “death is my heir”?
23. Explain Friar Laurence’s remarks on death.
p. 1130 1. Events move rapidly in this act. What does Romeo learn as the act opens?
p. 1132 2. Notice how Romeo acts according to his character. What does he do?
p. 1134 3. The conversation with Friar Laurence explains how the confusion has begun.
How is Friar Laurence to blame?
p. 1134 4. Why is Paris in the graveyard?
5. Why is Romeo in the graveyard?
p. 1137 Explain the fight between Paris and Romeo.
p. 1139 7. Why is Romeo’s death so ironical?
8. What is ironical about the elaborate wedding plans the Capulets have made?
p. 1141 9. Why does Friar Laurence wish to take Juliet to a nunnery?
p. 1143 10. How did Friar Laurence fail Juliet?
11. List the deaths in the play. What happens to the feud?