Act I Name____________________
1. Since Shakespeare has the Capulets start the fight in Scene i, what might Shakespeare
be trying to tell the audience through this action?
2. How would you characterize Tybalt in this first scene? Quote the line or lines that made
you feel this way?
Do the same for Benvolio.
3. Opinion: Why would a play that is supposed to be about young love open with so much
violence and so many sexual references?
4. In Scene I, Romeo has a brief speech where he addresses his thoughts on love. Notice
the series of oxymorons in the following lines (oxymorons -two words together that mean
"Here is much to do with hate, but more with love,
Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate,
Of anything, of nothing first create!
O heavy lightness, serious vanity,
Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms,
Feather of lead, bright-smoke; cold fire, sick health,
Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is!
This love feel I, that feel no love in this."
Opinion: What does this reveal about Romeo’s thoughts on love?
1. What is Capulet trying to tell Paris?
"My child is yet a stranger in the world,
She hath not seen the change of fourteen years.
Let two more summers wither in their pride
Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride."
2. What is Paris' argument? Quote the line which supports your answer.
3. What does Capulet mean in, "And too soon marred are those so early made." (Use the
notes in the margins of the book) Who might he be referring too?
What is the meaning of:
"At my poor house look to behold tonight/
Earth-treading stars that make dark heaven light..."
What are the “earth-treading stars”? (look up the word treading for help possibly)
4. What does the servant mean when he says:
"...and if you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray come and crush a cup of
1. In a few sentences summarize the conversation between Juliet, her mother, and the
2. Opinion: Why do you feel Juliet's mother has to call the Nurse back before she can begin
to talk of marriage with her daughter?
1. What do the following lines show about Romeo's state of mind?
"I fear, too early, for my mind misgives
Some consequence, yet hanging in the stars,
Shall bitterly begin, his fearful date
With this night's revels, and expire term
Of a despised life, closed in my breast,
By some vile forfeit of untimely death."
2. At the end of this scene, Romeo speaks these lines by himself before he goes to the
party, “But he that has the steerage of my course /Direct my sail." We know Romeo is
nervous about going to this party.
– Who is “he” that “steers his course”
- What do these lines tell us about Romeo’s thoughts on fate?
3. According to Romeo's friend Mercutio, what is the effect of the fairy Queen Mab on men?
Quote one line to support your answer.
4. In what way might Mercutio's name be descriptive of his personality? (What word is
Mercutio similar too…what do you know about this word)
1. Who is speaking the lines below and to whom do these lines refer? What do the speakers
mean? Give the numbers of the lines.
a. "...Verona brags him
To be a virtuous and well-governed youth.
I would not for the wealth of all this town
Here in my house do him disparagement." (Lines _________)
b. "Patience perforce with willful choler meeting
Makes my flesh tremble in their difference greeting." (Lines ________)
c. "...If he be married,
My grave is like to be my wedding bed." (Lines ________)
d. "My only love, sprung from my only hate! Too early seen unknown, and known
too late!" (Lines ________)
2. What figures of speech (he compares her to many different things) does Romeo use to
characterize Juliet when he first sees her, and what view of Juliet does this image seem