Act III page 819
1. Mercutio accuses Benvolio of quarreling “with a man for coughing in the street because he hath
wakened thy dog that hath lain asleep in the sun.” What makes this accusation ironic?
2. When Tybalt and Mercutio start arguing, Benvolio tries to reason with them. What does Benvolio
say they should do?
3. How does Romeo act when he first meets Tybalt? Why?
4. Why does Mercutio fight Tybalt?
5. Do Merutio and Tybalt act the way you expect them to act? Why or why not?
6. How is Mercutio killed?
7. Why is Romeo motivated to fight Tybalt?
8. Why is this fight of particular interest to the Prince?
9. What is Romeo’s punishment for killing Tybalt?
10. How long have Romeo and Juliet been married when Romeo fights Tybalt?
11. Identify Mercutio’s pun on page 822.
1. Who reports Tybalt’s death to Juliet?
2. What mistaken impression does Juliet get at first?
3. What is her first reaction to the truth?
4. How does Juliet’s attitude change ?
5. What does Juliet give to the Nurse to give to Romeo?
6. Find examples of dramatic irony in this scene.
1. What sentence does Friar Lawrence give Rome?
2. How does Romeo react to his sentence of banishment?
3. After hearing of Juliet’s grief from the Nurse, what does Romeo try to do?
4. According to Friar Lawrence, what three reasons does Romeo have to be happy?
5. Where is Romeo supposed to go before he leaves the city?
6. What is Friar Lawrence’s plan?
1. What day is chosen for the wedding? Why?
2. What does this scene reveal about Capulet as a father?
3. Why does Capulet think Juliet will go along with his wishes?
4. Find examples of dramatic irony in this scene.
1. In this balcony scene, who is more worried about Romeo’s safety?
2. What is the significance of the argument between Romeo and Juliet about the bird they hear
in the garden?
3. When they are parting, what frightens Juliet?
4. Which one seems more optimistic about the future?
5. What joyful tidings does Lady Capulet break to Juliet?
6. How does Juliet react to her mother’s news?
7. How does Lady Capulet plan to get revenge on Romeo? (page 837)
8. What is Lady Capulet’s attitude toward Juliet’s rebellion? (See line 125, page 838.) Have you
heard this before?
9. What is Capulet’s reaction to Juliet’s refusal to go along with his plan? (page 839)
10. Why will Juliet no longer confide in the nurse?
11. Under what pretense does Juliet plan to go to Friar Lawrence?
12. What does Juliet plan to do now?
Figurative Language in Act III. Identify the figurative language.
_____________________ 1. Page 822, line 91 “No, ‘tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church
______________________ 2. Page 825, line 10 “Come, civil night,”
______________________ 3. Page 825, line 11 “…Thou sober-suited matron all in black, And learn me
how to lose a winning match…
______________________ 4. Page 825, line 19 “Whiter than new snow upon a raven’s back.”
______________________ 5. Page 825, line 20 “Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;”
______________________ 6. Page 827, line 92 “Upon this brow shame is ashamed to sit.”
______________________ 7. Page 827, lines 73-79 “O serpent heart, hid with a flow’ring face! Did every
dragon keep so fair a cave? Beautiful tyrant! Fiend
angelical! Dove-feathered raven! Wolvish-ravening
lamb! Despised substance of divinest show! Just
opposite to what thou justly seem’st—A damned saint,
an honorable villain!
______________________ 8. Page 833, line 142 “Happiness courts thee in her best array;”
_____________________ 9. Page 835, lines 9-10 “and jocund day Stands tiptoe on the misty mountaintops.
_____________________ 10. Page 838, lines 131-136 “In one little body Thou counterfeits a bark, a sea, a
wind: For still thy eyes, which I may call the sea, Do
ebb and flow with tears; the bark thy body is, Sailing
in this salt flood; the winds, thy sighs, Who, raging
with thy tears and they with them.”
_____________________ 11. Page 840, line 221 “Romeo’s a disclout to him. An eagle, madam.”
Quotations. Identify the speaker, the person spoken to or about, and the meaning.
l. “Tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church door.”
2. “A plague a both your houses! Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse, a cat, to scratch a man to death!”
3. “Was ever book containing such vile matter so fairly bound?”
4. “There’s no trust, no faith, no honesty in men; all perjured, all forsworn, all naught, all dissemblers.”
5. “Romeo, come forth; come forth thy fearful man. Affliction is enamored of thy parts.”
6. “Tis torture, and not mercy. Heaven is here, where Juliet lives.”
7. “Stand up, stand up! Stand, and you be a man. For Juliet’s sake, for her sake, rise and stand!”
8. “Sir, Paris, I will make a desperate tender of my child’s love. I think she will be ruled in all respects by
me; nay more, I doubt it not.”
9. Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day. It was the nightingale and not the lark that pierced the fearful
hollow of thine ear.”
10. “Jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountaintops. I must be gone and live, or stay and die.”
11. “More light and light—more dark and dark our woes.”
12. “I would the fool were married to her grave.”
13. “And you be mine, I’ll give you to my friend; and you be not, hang, beg, starve, die in the streets.”
14. “I’ll to the friar to know his remedy. If all else fail, myself have power to die.”
15. “O! I am Fortune’s fool!”