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Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Questions
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How does Shakespeare create a light and humorous tone in the opening moments of the scene?
Shakespeare create a light and humorous tone by greatly describing the interactions between the servants of the Capulet's.
What are the names of the two feuding households?
Capulet's and the Montague
How does the quarrel begin and how does it escalate?
The quarrel begins with the Capulet's servants picking at the Montague's servants. Benvolio then attempts to break up the fight as Tybalt shows up and starts a fight with him. All of this makes the cops show up to stop the fight.
Prince's reaction to the brawl?
Negative, says he will kill them if they do it again.
Different views of love in scene 1?
Romeo describes love as a beautiful but horrid thing, and also painful. Benvolio has the mind set of if you get denied, move on, more casual view of love.
What is Romeo's state of mind in scene 1?
Romeo is sad and depressed.
Summarize Benvolio's advice to Romeo.
Benvolio tells Romeo, that there are other fish in the sea, and to not focus so much on one person.
What is the crisis that ends scene 1?
Benvolio is trying to find Romeo new love, and Romeo is going through a lot of depression.
What does Capulet tell Paris he has to do in order to marry Juliet?
He has to wait a few summers and win Juliet's affection.
What makes Romeo decide to go to the party?
Romeo decides to go so he can find new love.
How old is Capulet's daughter? (Juliet)
13 years old, about to turn 14.
Why is Juliet of particular worth to her father?
Juliet is his only child and the only one that can carry on the family name.
How is the nurse presented in terms of her personality and her relationship with Juliet?
The nurse is described as being the mother figure to Juliet, even though she is not the birth mother. She is also up front and blunt.
What qualities of Paris does Lady Capulet stress when she presents him as a suitable match for Juliet?
Lady Capulet stresses the qualities of him being rich and being a cousin of the prince.
How can you tell that Juliet might be closer to the nurse than her mother?
Juliet jokes with the nurse. The reader can also see this at the beginning when Lady Capulet does not know where Juliet is, but the nurse does.
When Juliet responds to her mother's proposal about Paris does Juliet seem naively obedient or wise? How can you tell?
Juliet seems to be obedient. She does not question anything, and just goes with the flow.
What are three different views of love presented in scene 3?
One view of love is family love, between Juliet and the nurse. Another view of love is formal love, between Juliet and Lady Capulet. Finally, the view of practical love, between Juliet and Paris.
Contrast Romeo's mood with the other people as they approach the Capulet's party?
Romeo is depressed and sarcastic and others are more cheerful and light.
In Mercutio's "Queen Mab" speech, identify five details in Queen Mab's appearance which suggest her delicacy.
Queen Mab is described as being smaller than a stone of a ring, uses a grasshopper wing for cover, her whip is a crickets bone, her chariot is an empty hazelnut, and her wagonner is a gnat. All these describe her delicacy.
Explain Romeo's fears or suspicions that he reveals in his final speech.
Romeo has fears that they will get caught and something bad will happen and had a dream that something bad would happen at the party that would led to someone's untimely death.
In scene 5 at the feast at the Capulet's house, Romeo sees Juliet for the first time. When he first sees her he uses figurative language to describe her beauty.
Romeo says that Juliet is, "As yonder lady o'er her fellows" , "As rich a jewl in a Ethiop's ear", "Teach the torches to burn bright."
What effect is created by connecting Romeo's discovery of Juliet with Tybalt's discovery of Romeo? What themes are revealed here?
The effect created is a juxtaposition between love and hate. This reveals the themes of love and hate or light and dark. Romeo loves Juliet and Tybalt hates Romeo.
Love at first sight
Romeo fell in love with Juliet the moment he saw her, as seen in lines 53 and 54, " Did my heart love till now? Foreswear it, sight!" When Romeo says this, we realize that he has completely forgotten about Rosaline.
The first thing that Romeo noted about Juliet is her physical beauty. "Beauty to rich for use, for earth too dear! So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows" Romeo obviously feels physical attraction toward Juliet. (Lines 48-49)
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