"Romeo and Juliet" Act 2 Study Guide
How does Mercutio try to get Romeo to come out of hiding?
he insults Rosaline and Romeo's view of love
What dramatic irony occurs in this scene?
Mercutio and Benvoilo believe Romeo is still in love with Rosaline
What extended metaphor does Romeo use to describe Juliet's beauty?
Juliet's beauty is as bright as the sun
Why does Juliet not want Romeo to swear his love by the moon?
the moon's shape is constantly changing
Why does Juliet say she "has no joy of this contract tonight"?
this is all happening too soon; I don't want to promise anything
What plan do the lovers make before parting?
Juliet will send Romeo her answer tomorrow at 9 am
What is the Friar doing as he soliloquizes?
picking herbs and medicinal flowers
What aspect of nature and of man does the Friar point out in his soliloquy?
man and flowers can be like poison or can be like powerful medicine
What does the Friar say about Romeo being awake so early?
something is wrong if you're out this early
Why does the Friar scold Romeo when he confesses his love for Juliet?
Romeo is changeable in love
Why does the Friar agree to marry Romeo and Juliet?
to end the families' feud
Why has Tybalt sent Romeo a letter?
to challenge him to a duel
How does Mercutio mock Tybalt's fighting style?
sly, sneaky, like the Prince of Cats
How has Romeo's mood changed since the last time Mercutio saw him? What is Mercutio's reaction to the change?
1. he has gone from depressed to care free and happy
2. he makes sexual jokes about where Romeo has been
How does Mercutio mock the Nurse? How does the Nurse react to his taunting?
1. he says her fan is the fairer face
2. she ignores him, but not after a few insults
What warning does the Nurse give Romeo?
she will take Mercutio down or she will find someone to do it for her
What two sets of instructions does Romeo give to the nurse?
1. have Juliet meet him at the Friar's cell to be married
2. get a rope ladder so he can climb the wall and meet Juliet in secret
What complication does the Nurse remind us of at the end of this scene?
secrets are hard to keep/ this love is destined for doom
How long has Juliet been waiting for the Nurse?
What comments does Juliet make about the Nurse?
slow, lazy - if she were the one in love, she would move faster
What positive traits of Romeo does the Nurse list?
handsome, gentle, and has a good physique
What line of the Nurse's indicates that Juliet is trying to humor the Nurse by rubbing her back?
My back a' t' other side
What line of the Nurse's indicates that Juliet blushes when she finally hears Romeo's message?
You blush bright red as soon as you hear any news.
Where doses the Nurse say she must go at the end of the scene?
Friar Laurence's cell for "confession"
What lesson does the Friar try to teach Romeo?
rushed love usually burns out or ends in tragedy
What does Romeo ask Juliet to describe?
her love and happiness about their marriage
What is Juliet's response to Romeo?
she cannot describe her love
Juliet quickly admits her love for Romeo because-
he has overheard her thinking about her love for him
Mercutio engages in conversation about fashion in order to-
have Romeo match wits with him
The purpose of the humor rising from the Nurse's comic character is to-
provide self relief from the tragedy
What is the point of Act 2?
Rising Action/ complication